Tōniro quintet

Welcome to the website of the wind quintet Tōniro.

Nächste Konzerte

  • Zürich, Zentralbibliothek Zürich
    Mittwoch 15. März 2023 | 12:15-13:00 Uhr
    Weitere Infos unter www.zb.uzh.ch


Programm Sommerkonzerte 2022


Zur Mägd, Basel - 22.05.22 Flyer
Kultur Kaffi Bâle, Basel - 25.06.22 Flyer
Maiehof, Biel-Benken - 02.07.22 Flyer
Zunfthaus zur Waag, Zürich - 03.07.22 Flyer
Casa Lardelli, Poschiavo - 22.07.22

Die Sommerkonzerte 2022 wurden unterstützt durch:
- Swisslos-Fonds Basel-Stadt
- Basel Landschaft, Amt für Kultur
- Kulturpool der Region Leimental Plus
- Stadt Zürich Kultur
- Egon-und-Ingrid-Hug-Stiftung
- Willy A. und Hedwig Bachofen-Henn-Stiftung
- Fondation Oertli Stiftung

Maiehof, Biel-Benken - 19.06.21 Flyer


Jūnin tōiro

«Junin toiro» is a Japanese proverb meaning «Every person is different and unique». The additional «n» in toiro puts the focus on the timbre or tonal color of the word. The quintet Toniro, founded in 2020, aims to keep remixing these tonal colors and combine them to make a whole. As different as people are, such is the beauty of finding common ground through music. With Reina Abe (flute) and Anri Nishiyama (clarinet) from Japan, Lara Morger (bassoon) and Simon Mantel (oboe) from Switzerland and Astrid Schumacher (horn) from France, the quintet invites you to share musical moments in which each person retains their unique character, while at the same time creating a unity together.

Our recordings

With our first recording of Theodor Blumer’s wind quintet, we would like to introduce ourselves musically. We hope you enjoy listening!

Our colours

We would like to introduce ourselves with colours on three topics.
For further biographical information, a link is provided under the respective name.

1. Timbre

We describe the timbre of our instruments, how they affect us personally and what we like about them.

2. Colour in nature

With a «colour in nature» we wish to present those colours that inspire and relax us.

3. Colour in cuisine

The third colour represents that which inspires us in the culinary arts, whether it be vegetable, fruit or other ingredients.

Reina Abe, Flute


It’s difficult to pick just one colour because I find that the flute can make many different and varied colours; from dark to very light. But if I have to pick one, it’s yellow. I find the sound of the flute radiant, gleaming and brings with it a brilliant and bright mood. That was my first impression of the flute when I first started playing it. If I could choose another colour, I would choose blue. The sound of the flute is created by air and this sound created by the flow of air also sounds like a wave to me.


I love the bright clear sky and also water in nature! In summer my favorite place is the Rhine in Basel. 🙂


Eating red vegetables makes me feel energized and motivated (I also really enjoy tomatoes). I like to eat spicy food and chili. (Unfortunately it’s sometimes not so good for my lips when I play the flute, however…). When I eat something spicy and I sweat, my body feels the energy!

Simon Mantel, Oboe

Dark yellow

The melancholy sounds of the oboe have fascinated me since kindergarten and have never left me. The strong dark yellow timbre of the lower notes to the brightest yellows of the high notes are very variable. The timbre should always be able to blend or shine according to the moment. I enjoy these radiant moments just as much as those where I can help others shine.


My favorite place of inspiration is the forest. There, it is green all year round. In winter, the dark strong green of the conifers, in the springtime the delicate green of the young leaves, in summer the lush green splendor and in the autumn the pale green of the last leaves. In no other place does the ambience change so radically throughout the year.


Cooking is an important passtime for me and I always enjoy the many colours during preparation. I particularly like the deep violet of the aubergine. I really enjoy preparing this vegetable which can be cooked in various ways. It is important for me to cook for myself. That way the eating is all the more enjoyable.

Astrid Schumacher, horn

Wine Red

Although the French Horn can sound so dark, the sound is always warm and also intense. A sound that can change again and again, which is not quite comprehensible, as with the colour of red win which varies slightly depending on the wine. 😉


Although I can never look directly into it, I find the yellow light of the sun most
beautiful in nature. Every colour gets a glowing intensity from the rays of the sun, the water sparkles magically almost to the point of blinding, every living thing awakens and is enlivened by this light. It is yellow, golden, bright…. difficult to describe and yet obvious…


I am fascinated by the pomegranate. It is not only a taste experience but also a feast for the eyes. All those sparkling little red lights that look like precious rubies can’t be eaten, can they? Like «la cerise sur le gâteau», the highpoint for me is the pomegranate seeds sprinkled on the fruit salad; aesthetic perfection!

Lara Morger, Bassoon

Dark Red

A wave deep red goes through my head when I hear the sound of the bassoon. For me it has a soft timbre with a lot of depth. You can lose yourself in the velvety sound or sit back and relax, preferably on a pleasant, peaceful mild autumn evening with a glass of red wine and good company. After all, the bassoon has a very noble, benevolent, sociable and somewhat comical character and only rarely does it present a sharp, edgy side.

Red to Golden

Whilst gazing across the vista of the trees, already clothed in their autumnal robes in shades of red and gold, you share – perhaps a little melancholy – the memories and anecdotes of the summer…


… and await the chestnuts roasting on the fire.

Anri Nishiyama, Clarinet

Dark Blue to Yellow

In my opinion the clarinet has many different timbres. The lower tones are a dark blue, the middle tones are like a warm orange like a beautiful sunset, and the high tones are like a strong yellow like the sunshine in summer. And there are so many different clarinets! The soprano Eb clarinet, the Bass clarinet, the Bassett horn and many more…


Someone wrote that green is the basic colour of plants and that all the other colours of the flowers fit with the green.
As a chamber musician, I always want to be present, inconspicuous and yet important, like the green of a flower.


The colour of soy sauce!


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