fivebyfive began as a project idea in 2015 and evolved into the present quintet of Laura Lentz (flute), Marcy Bacon (clarinet), Sungmin Shin (electric guitar), Eric Polenik (bass) and Haeyeun Jeun (piano). The ensemble is based in Rochester, NY with an active performance and teaching schedule.
To date the group has performed works by many of today’s leading composers and supports emerging composers from around the world. fivebyfive actively collaborates with artists from many disciplines, musicians from a variety of genres, local organizations, community groups, schools and businesses. fivebyfive became a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2017, and since then has received funding from New Music USA, The Farash Foundation and the Decentralization Grant Program of New York State Council on the Arts, among others.
fivebyfive's mission is to engage audiences in the collaborative spirit and creativity of modern chamber music by commissioning, arranging and performing a wide range of works for its instrumentation. Through its workshops and educational concerts fivebyfive aims to spark young people’s unlimited creative potential.