The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet was founded in 1988, during the era of Herbert von Karajan, the first permanently established wind quintet in the famous orchestra’s rich tradition of chamber music. The Quintet continues to astonish audiences worldwide with their range of expression, their tonal spectrum, and their conceptual unity. Their repertoire covers not only the entire wind quintet literature, but also works for larger ensembles. In 1991 the Quintet began recording for the Swedish company, BIS Records. The results of this collaboration have received critical acclaim worldwide. In addition to their concert appearances throughout Europe, North and South America, Israel, Australia, and the Far East, the Quintet is also a popular guest at international festivals such as the Berliner Festwochen, The Edinburgh Festival, the London Proms, and the Salzburg Festival. The current members of the group are Michael Hasel, flute, Andreas Wittmann, oboe, Fergus McWilliams, horn, Marion Reinhard, bassoon, and Walter Seyfarth, clarinet.