Kalamos Reed Quintet

A REED QUINTET is a group of reed instruments consisting of oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, bassoon, and their related variants. It appeared on the international music scene not so long ago, in the mid-eighties. The new type of musical ensemble soon met with critical acclaim, and The Times went so far as to call it "the best new musical format on the planet".

KALAMOS REED QUINTET is the first and only such ensemble in the broader region. It was founded in Zagreb in 2013. Its first appearances took place at the Vatroslav Lisinski Small Hall and in the lobby of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, both with highly enthusiastic audience reactions, which was followed by numerous successful concerts at various summer musical events and festivals along the Croatian Adriatic coast (Omiš, Rovinj, Sinj, Solin, Split, etc.). The Quintet members often collaborate with young composers from Croatia and abroad, thus encouraging them to expand the contemporary concert repertoire for this type of ensemble.

They first performed quite a number of pieces at contemporary music festivals so far, such as Days of Vlado S. Milošević - Banja Luka, 2017, and MAG Festival - Split, 2014. In 2019. on Nota BENE label Kalamos quintet has published a mini album with live recordings of contemporary pieces dedicated to the ensemble. At the same time, the Kalamos Quintet performs music from various periods and musical styles (from the Renaissance to the 20th century) and explores rich possibilities of this unusual group of instruments thanks to their musical arrangements. Their concerts were met with excellent reactions of both national and international audiences, as well as earned high critical acclaim.

Kalamos Reed Quintet are:

Dunja Čolić (oboe), Yaroslav Sadovyy (clarinet), Dominik Grgić (saxophone), Rude Mimica (bas klarinet) and Matko Smolčić (bassoon).

Press quotes:

"The ensemble (...) has confirmed that it deserves and can achieve international recognition."
 Mario Krnić, Slobodna Dalmacija        

"The audience experienced the true interpretive artistic reach of the Kalamos ensemble (...) and they reciprocated with the extras, which represented an effective calm of this interpretive and sonorously musical evening.“
 Ramiro Palmić, Novi List