About

Making weird sounds in Montreal since 2015.

12961710_10209074240476145_7971005589161117637_nThe Downwind Quintet has brought its high-energy performance style to the Montreal community since its inception only two years ago. Coached by Jean Gaudreault of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and by noted contemporary music conductor Guillaume Bourgogne, the quintet was honoured as “The Next Generation of Chamber Musicians” in a special recital at Musée McCord, and was selected to perform in a master class with Juno Award–winning clarinetist James Campbell. The Downwind Quintet is especially dedicated to performing and promoting twentieth-century works for wind quintet, with past and upcoming repertoire including music by Samuel Barber, Luciano Berio, György Ligeti, and Igor Stravinsky. With members hailing from Winnipeg, Toronto, South Florida, and as far away as New Zealand, the ensemble brings precision, intimacy, and humour to the wind quintet canon.

Meet our members.

Jaena Kim, flute

img_4038Canadian flutist Jaena Kim is currently studying at the Schulich School of Music under Denis Bluteau. She began her studies at age 6 and debuted with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at age 13. Since then, Kim has performed as a soloist with the WSO on numerous occasions, as well as with the Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble. Under the guidance of Layla Roberts, Kim has won numerous awards at local, provincial, and national competitions, including first-place at the Federation of Canadian Music Festival’s National Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, and the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg Scholarship Competition. She has spent her summers attending Domain Forget and the Banff Centre’s Master Class for Strings and Winds, where she played in master classes for renowned artist such as Emmanuel Pahud, Philippe Bernold, Patrick Gallois, Carol Wincenc, Ransom Wilson, and Jeanne Baxtresser. Kim is also an active chamber musician, a member of the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and served as principal flute of the National Youth Band of Canada and the WYSO. She attained her Performance ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music in both flute and piano. Kim wishes to acknowledge the support of the Manitoba Arts Council.

Carly Gordon, oboe

IMG_4075.jpgCarly Gordon is an oboist, writer, and peanut butter enthusiast based in South Florida. She completed her undergraduate degree in Oboe Performance at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Richard Killmer, simultaneously pursuing a dual-degree in Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester and graduating magna cum laude. In May of 2017, she completed a Master of Music degree at McGill University, studying under Jacquline Leclair. Carly has performed professionally with the Rochester Bach Festival, VOICES Chamber Orchestra, and Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra. As a writer, Carly completed a public relations internship at The John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in 2015.  She now writes as a contributor for Schmopera.com, blogs at Classical Conditioning, and designs customized publicity materials for emerging artists, including program notes, web copy, and press kits. A founding member of the Downwind Quintet, Carly is passionate about blending research, storytelling, and new media with creative performance. Find her online at carlyjgordon.com.

Nick Walshe, clarinet

IMG_4051.jpgOriginally from Wellington, New Zealand, clarinetist Nick Walshe is somewhat lost and trying to find his way home. Nick recently completed a Master of Music degree at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University under the tutelage of Todd Cope. Prior to this, he taught clarinet and saxophone to over forty students a week in the Wellington area. As a performer, Nick has played clarinet and bass clarinet with the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble. Nick is passionate about new music and has worked with composers in New Zealand and Canada to premiere new works. When not attached to his clarinet, Nick can be seen inflicting his French upon innocent passers-by or breathlessly running up Mont Royal pretending that exercise doesn’t exist. Nick is slowly coming to terms with his recently discovered identity as a Hufflepuff.

Ryan Garbett, horn

IMG_4096.jpgRyan Garbett holds a bachelor’s degree in French Horn Performance from McGill University. He has performed with some of the most prestigious orchestral youth programs in Canada, including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the McGill Symphony Orchestra. Ryan was the recipient of the Oskar Morawetz performance scholarship at the University of Toronto, where he studied for two years under Gabe Radford before transferring to McGill, where he received the McGill University Schulich and Dean’s Scholarships. This is his second season with the Downwind Quintet.

Kristy Tucker, bassoon

IMG_4078.jpgKristy Tucker is an active orchestral and chamber musician currently pursuing a Master of Musical Arts degree with Frank Morelli at the Yale School of Music. Previously, she studied with Stéphane Lévesque at McGill University. When not huddled over a reed-making desk or locking herself in a closet-sized practice room, she enjoys colouring pictures of cats and putting them up on the barren walls of her apartment. She also likes to think about working out, not actually going to work out, and then rewarding herself for having had the thought of working out by eating Indian food and chocolate. Other interests include sitting, and shopping for patterned laundry baskets. She LOVES patterned laundry baskets.