Carol Wincenc

Biography

Born: June 29, 1949; Buffalo, NY  
Carol Wincenc is among the leading American flutists of her generation and is active as a soloist, chamber player, and professor of flute performance. Her choice of repertory is broad, encompassing standards by J.S. Bach, Mozart, and Nielsen, as well as contemporary works, especially by American composers. In the latter realm, she is known for giving many important premieres of works she inspired, such as Christopher Rouse's 1993 Flute Concerto, Read more and numerous other compositions by Tobias Picker, Joan Tower, Peter Schickele, and others. Wincenc has hardly limited her efforts in new music to American repertory; however, she has premiered major works by European composers, such as Górecki's Concerto-Cantata. She has made numerous recordings for many labels, including Telarc, Naxos, DG, Decca, Albany Records, Musical Heritage Society, and CRI.

Carol Wincenc was born on June 29, 1949, in Buffalo, NY. Her father was a conductor and music professor and her mother a pianist. Wincenc began studies on the violin at four and did not take up the flute until age nine, but progress was rapid: as a teenager she studied with Italian virtuoso Severino Gazzelloni and then with Robert Willoughby at Oberlin. Post-graduate studies were at the Manhattan School of Music and at Juilliard under Arthur Lora.

After playing flute in several lesser-known ensembles, Wincenc joined the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She left that post to enter the 1978 Naumburg Competition, and took first prize, thus launching her solo career with a near-meteoric rise. Her first recordings soon appeared on the Musical Heritage Society label and her concert schedule swelled with impressive dates both as soloist with major American and European orchestras and as chamber player. Moreover, she managed to balance this with teaching: she was on the faculty at Rice University for 11 years and has been a professor at Juilliard since 1988.

As suggested above, Wincenc has premiered many important works. Among the more important of them was her 1998 Valentines Day performance of Valentines, a collection of flute works by a clutch of prominent composers that included Górecki, Torke, and Schickele.

In 2005 Wincenc was nominated for a Grammy award for her collaborative performance of Passover Offering on a Naxos recording of compositions by Yehudi Wyner. Among Wincenc's later recordings is her 2006 CD of early sonatas by Mozart, with pianist Gena Raps, also on the Naxos label. Read less
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  • 1.
    Antoni Wit Conducts Henryk Gorecki
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503268 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
    Performer:  Zofia Kilanowisz,  Andrzej Dobber,  Anna Górecka,  Carol Wincenc
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
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  • 2.
    Here/After - Heggie: Songs Of Lost Voices / Didonato, Gunn, Trevigne, Costello
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186515 Release Date: 10/21/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jake Heggie
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc,  Jake Heggie,  Talise Trevigne,  Nathan Gunn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alexander String Quartet
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  • 3.
    Bach: Complete Orchestral Works / Helmuth Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98009 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc,  Christoph Poppen,  Isabelle Faust,  Robert Levin  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra,  Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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  • 4.
    American Flute Quintets / Wincenc, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9373 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joan Tower,  Arthur Foote,  Amy Marcy Beach
    Performer:  Carolyn Stuart,  Carol Wincenc,  Kevin Lawrence,  Sheila Browne  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival
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    Gorecki: Concerto-Cantata, Little Requiem For A Certain Polka  / Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572872 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
    Performer:  Anna Górecka,  Carol Wincenc
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Bach: Orchestral Suites /  Rilling, Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94605 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 436 Release Date: 03/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Harbison,  George Rochberg
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc,  Nancy Allen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aulos Woodwind Quintet
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  • 8.
    American Classics - Adler: Of Musique, Poetrie, Art And Love / Melton, Wincenc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559602 Release Date: 12/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Adler
    Performer:  Laura Melton,  Carol Wincenc,  Elizabeth Farnum,  John Sampen  ... 
    Conductor:  Emily Freeman Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bowling Green Philharmonia
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    Schoenfield: Four Parables, Vaudeville, Etc / Nelson, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440212 Release Date: 12/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Schoenfield
    Performer:  Jeffrey Kahane,  Wolfgang Basch,  Carol Wincenc
    Conductor:  John Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Symphony
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  • 10.
    Mozart Body
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001205902 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  William Purvis,  Carol Wincenc,  Piero Farulli,  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  John Eliot Gardiner,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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    Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No 2, Die Glückliche Hand, Wind Quintet / Beesley, Craft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557526 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Mark Beesley,  William Purvis,  Charles Neidich,  Stephen Taylor  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Simon Joly Chorus,  New York Woodwind Quintet
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  • 12.
    The Divine Feminine
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80689 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen,  John Tavener,  Arvo Pärt,  Tomás Luis de Victoria  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Willems,  Elly Ameling,  Sylvia McNair,  Richard Leech  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Werthen,  Robert Shaw,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Yoel Levi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapestry,  I Fiamminghi,  Robert Shaw Festival Singers  ... 
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  • 13.
    Mozart At Eight - Sonatas For Keyboard & Flute / Wincenc, Raps
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570263 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gena Raps,  Carol Wincenc
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  • 14.
    Milken Archive - Wyner: The Mirror, Etc / Wyner, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559423 Release Date: 05/18/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Yehudi Wyner
    Performer:  Carol Meyer,  Judi Brown Kirchner,  James Guttman,  Richard Lalli  ... 
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    American Classics - Griffes: The Pleasure Dome / Falletta
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559164 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Tomlinson Griffes
    Performer:  Barbara Quintiliani,  Carol Wincenc
    Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Chihara: Golden Slumbers, Haiku, Piano Trio, Elegy, Etc
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 584 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Chihara
    Performer:  Geraldine Walther,  Terry King,  Kenneth Goldsmith,  John Jensen  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Geary,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Chamber Singers,  Mirecourt Trio,  London Symphony Orchestra members  ... 
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  • 17.
    Edition Bachakademie Vol 132 - Orchestral Suites / Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 92132 Release Date: 02/29/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Mozart: Flute Quartets / Wincenc, Emerson Quartet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445606 Release Date: 01/05/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
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  • 19.
    Tune Your Brain With Mozart - Energize
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459571 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Piero Farulli,  Carol Wincenc,  William Purvis
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Géza Anda,  James Levine,  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    American Adagios
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80503 Release Date: 08/05/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland,  Christopher Rouse  ... 
    Performer:  Arietha Lockhart,  Robert McDuffie,  Carol Wincenc,  Paul Edmund-Davies
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Erich Kunzel,  Yoel Levi,  Christoph Eschenbach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Festival Singers,  Cincinnati Pops,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    American Masters - Rochberg: Slow Fire Of Autumn, Etc
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 769 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Rochberg
    Performer:  Nancy Allen,  Carol Wincenc,  Norman Fischer,  Mark Sokol  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia String Quartet
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  • 22.
    Rouse: Symphony No 2, Flute Concerto, Phaethon / Eschenbach
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80452 Release Date: 05/27/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Rouse
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Joan Tower: Black Topaz / Isbin, Wincenc, Emelianoff, Et Al
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80470 Release Date: 02/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joan Tower
    Performer:  Edmund Niemann,  Nurit Tilles,  André Emelianoff,  Joan Tower  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Double Edge,  Muir String Quartet
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  • 24.
    Tribute To Otto Luening / New York Flute Club
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 561 Release Date: 09/28/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Goeb,  Harvey Sollberger,  Ulysses S. Kay,  Ezra Laderman  ... 
    Performer:  John Solum,  Peggy Schechter,  Rachel Rudich,  Marcia Butler  ... 
    Conductor:  Harvey Sollberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Flute Club
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  • 25.
    Flutes - Paula Robison, Ransom Wilson, Carol Wincenc
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80403 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Beaser,  Paul Schoenfield,  Joseph Schwantner
    Performer:  Robert Beaser,  Paula Robison,  Paul Schoenfield,  Carol Wincenc  ... 
    Conductor:  Alistair Neale
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solisti New York
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