Formed in November 2011, EDQ is a homegrown woodwind quintet comprising of five close friends with a similar love and ardour for chamber music. Its principal members are Jasper Goh (flute), Benjamin Wong (clarinet), Bernice Lee (oboe), Emerald Chee (bassoon) and Kartik Alan (french horn). EDQ derives its name from…well, it’s an inside secret, but the “Q” stands for “Quintet” and the rest is up to your imagination! At the 7th Henri Tomasi International Woodwind Quintet Competition (2013) held in Marseille, France, they were awarded the Tapio Tuomela Prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work, Suite Française, and were subsequently given the privilege of making its world premiere.
Upon returning home, EDQ gave their first successful sell-out concert at the Esplanade Recital Studio, and has since been performing in numerous workshops, festivals, masterclasses and concerts. Besides primarily performing music written for the woodwind quintet, EDQ also actively explores the diversity of wind chamber music ranging from trios to sextets.
Lauded by The Straits Times as, “…whether intended or not, [an] Exceptionally Distinguished Quintet," EDQ strives to be an established woodwind ensemble in the local scene and beyond, bringing the colours and vibrancy of wind music to anyone through their fine musicianship and spirited camaraderie.