A classic woodwind quintet made up of a flute, an oboe, a clarinet, a bassoon, and a French horn, the Sinfonia Varsovia Wind Quintet formed in 2010 as a grassroots initiative of the musicians of Sinfonia Varsovia. Its members are soloists of the Orchestra’s wind section, musicians who have earned both national and international recognition. The ensemble has appeared at the piano festival La Roque-d’Anthéron and the La Folle Journée festival in Nantes, among others. The ensemble is made up of: Andrzej Krzyżanowski (flute), Arkadiusz Krupa (oboe), Radosław Soroka (clarinet), Henryk Kowalewicz (French horn), and Piotr Kamiński (bassoon).
The repertoire of SVWQ includes classic pieces for a wood quintet, but particular significance is attached to Polish 20th century compositions by such artists as Grażyna Bacewicz, Wojciech Kilar, Andrzej Panufnik, or Józef Świder. The ensemble also performs film and popular music, as well as projects addressed to the youngest listeners. In December 2021, the musicians will premiere a new version of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, adapted for a woodwind quintet and percussion by Andreas N. Tarkmann.