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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  • 26.
    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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    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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    Foss: Orpheus And Euridice / Foss, Brooklyn Po
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80375 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lukas Foss
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Edna Michell,  Carol Wincenc
    Conductor:  Lukas Foss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra
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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
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Ouverture
II. Rondeau
III. Sarabande
IV. Bourree I-II
V. Polonaise
VI. Menuet
VII. Badinerie
I. Ouverture
II. Rondeau
III. Sarabande
IV. Bourree I-II
V. Polonaise
VI. Menuet
VII. Badinerie
I. Schwungvoll
II. Anmutig und heiter: Scherzando
III. Etwas langsam (Poco adagio)
IV. Rondo
I. Allegro
II. Minuet
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Minuet I
III. Minuet II