Hailed for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), the Akropolis Reed Quintet performs an innovative, living repertoire with acclaimed precision. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and the first reed quintet to win the Fischoff Gold Medal in 2014, Akropolis also took Grand Prize at the MTNA and Plowman chamber music competitions in 2011, and in 2012 was Runner-up at the Chamber Music Yellow Springs national competition, Silver Medalist at the Fischoff Competition, and Bronze Medalist at the International Chamber Music Competition held at the New England Conservatory. Widely renowned for their dedication to young musicians and audiences, Akropolis is also winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award.
Akropolis opened its 2015-16 season at Chamber Music Northwest, premiering the first work for reed quintet and string quartet by David Schiff with the eminent Dover Quartet, and collaborating with the BodyVox Dance Company to perform selections with choreography. Akropolis has also appeared at numerous colleges and universities to perform and conduct master classes on commission collaboration, the business of chamber music, and chamber music performance.
Akropolis has been a resident ensemble at major festivals around the country and abroad, including Summerwinds in Münster, Germany as well as the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and Juneau Jazz and Classics.
With an aim to build and expand the reed quintet repertoire, Akropolis has commissioned more than 25 adventurous new works from composers around the world, including the United States, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Turkey, Israel, Argentina, and Serbia. Each collaboration involves a unique commissioning project, including High Speed Reed and Unraveled, which comprise Akropolis’ first two full-length albums. Their newest project, The Space Between Us, commissioned four American composers to create works describing the space between music’s aesthetic and social constructs. As part of the project, John Steinmetz created “Sorrow and Celebration”, the first work for reed quintet and audience participation.