Flutist Carol Wincenc Celebrates 25th Anniversary at The Juilliard School Today

Carol Wincenc, the Grammy-nominated artist who is one of the most acclaimed and respected flutists performing today, marks her 25th anniversary as a member of the faculty of The Juilliard School in the 2013-14 season. She is celebrating the milestone with a concert at Juilliard that represents her most cherished facets of artistic life: new music, with the world premiere of a work written for her, and the U.S. and New York premieres of works by Alfred Schnittke and Hans Werner Henze; collaboration with her esteemed colleagues, with every work on the program requiring at least two guest artists; and, of course, teaching some of the best young flutists in the world who pass through Juilliard, with seven of her Juilliard students joining her on the program.

Carol Wincenc's 25th Anniversary Recital at The Juilliard School, taking place tonight, September 30, 2013, at 8:00 PM at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, features Debussy's Sonata for flute, viola, and harp, L. 137; the world premiere of Yuko Uebayashi's Misericordia for flute and string quartet, a work written for Wincenc; the U.S. premiere of Schnittke's Moz-Art à la Mozart for eight flutes and harp; the New York premiere of Henze's I Sentimenti di Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach for solo flute, solo harp, double string quartet, and bass; and an arrangement by Daniel Paget: One Hundred Roses: Seven Neapolitan Serenades and Dances for flute, strings, mandolin, guitar, and percussion.

Joining Carol Wincenc for the program are her two friends and fellow members of their trio Les Amies, harpist Nancy Allen and violist Cynthia Phelps; the Escher String Quartet (Adam Barnett-Hart and Aaron Boyd, violins; Pierre Lapointe, viola; and Dane Johansen, cello); the Attacca Quartet (Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violins; Luke Fleming, viola; and Andrew Yee, cello); bassist Jonathan Borden; mandolin player Ken Hamao; guitarist Colin Davin; percussionists Charles Rosmarin and Michael Truesdell; and seven of her Juilliard flute students: Jake Chabot, Rosie Gallagher, Daniel James, Nicholas Johnson, Stephanie Kwak, Andreas Lamo, and Jiweon Ryu.

Tickets to the concert are free, and are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. The event is part of Juilliard's Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series.

In the 2009-2010 season, Carol Wincenc commissioned and performed six works in celebration of her "Ruby Anniversary" celebration of 40 years on the concert stage. Three recent and upcoming recordings feature three of those works. American Flute Quintets (2012, Bridge Records), with musicians of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, features Joan Tower's Rising; on an upcoming all-Jake Heggie disc, here/after (release in October on PentaTone Classics; click here for CD trailers), Carol performs in three works: Soliloquy for flute and piano;Friendly Persuasions for flute, clarinet, cello, piano, and tenor; and another of the "Ruby" commissions, Fury of Lightfor flute and piano; and the debut recording of Carol's trio Les Amies with harpist Nancy Allen and violist Cynthia Phelps (release later this season by GRP Records), will include, in addition to works by Debussy and Ravel, a performance of another "Ruby" commission: Andrea Clearfield's ...and low to the lake falls home..., a piece that is dedicated to Carol's parents, Joseph and Margaret Wincenc.

In addition, Carol's performance of Henryk Gorecki's Concerto-Cantata, the world and U.S. premieres of which she played, is featured in a 2012 Naxos recording, and her performance of Su Lian Tan's Autumn Lute-Song is featured on a disc of the composer's works released earlier this year on the Arsis label.

In April 2012, Carol performed the world premiere of a work written for her, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by the acclaimed young composer Geoffrey Gordon, with the Buffalo Philharmonic conducted by Christoph Mathias Mueller. In May 2014, Carol will be honored with a National Society of Arts & Letters Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Music. She was honored with the National Flute Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Carol Wincenc is one of the most respected and acclaimed flutists performing today. She appears with orchestras worldwide and has premiered works written for her by numerous prominent composers.

Ms. Wincenc's musicianship is matched by a deep commitment to expanding the flute repertoire. For her "Ruby Anniversary," a celebration of her 40th year on the concert stage that she presented in the 2009-10 season, she performed six world premieres; new works written for her by composers Jonathan Berger, Shih-Hui Chen, Andrea Clearfield, Jake Heggie, Thea Musgrave, and Joan Tower. Three of the works - Joan Tower's Rising, Andrea Clearfield's ...and low to the lake falls home..., and Jake Heggie's Fury of Light, have been recorded by Wincenc since their premieres.

Carol Wincenc has performed the world premieres of flute concertos written for her by Pulitzer-Prize winner Christopher Rouse and Geoffrey Gordon. Ms. Wincenc also gave the world premiere of Henryk Gorecki's Concerto Cantata at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and the U.S. premiere with the Chicago Symphony, a work she has also recorded. She is in demand for her interpretation Lukas Foss's Renaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra-a work written for her, and has premiered concerti by Peter Schickele, Joan Tower, Paul Schoenfield and Tobias Picker, who composed The Rain In the Trees, a double concerto for her and soprano Barbara Hendricks inspired by the rainforest poems of W.S. Merwin. In a Naumburg Foundation Valentine's Day recital in New York's Merkin Concert Hall in 1998, she premiered ten short "valentines" written for her by Gorecki, Sierra, and Michael Torke, among others.

Ms. Wincenc has appeared with the St. Louis, Atlanta, and Seattle Symphonies; the Los Angeles and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras; and at the Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Caramoor, Marlboro, Sarasota, and Music @ Menlo festivals. Overseas, Ms. Wincenc has given acclaimed performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, and at the Aldeburgh, Budapest, Tivoli, and Frankfurt international music festivals. Equally sought after as a chamber musician, Ms. Wincenc has collaborated with the Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo and Cleveland String Quartets; performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, sopranos Jessye Norman and Elly Ameling; pianist Emanuel Ax; and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Carol Wincenc is flutist with the New York Woodwind Quintet and the Les Amies trio.

Ms. Wincenc created and directed a series of International Flute Festivals at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul. The overwhelming success of these festivals, which featured such diverse artists as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Herbie Mann, and American-Indian flutist R. Carlos Nakai, led to a celebrated U.S. tour with performances in New York and San Francisco.

Carol Wincenc is a prolific recording artist; her debut solo album on the Music Masters label was in collaboration with pianist Andras Schiff, and cited by Stereo Review as a "Recording of Special Merit." She performed on the Grammy Award winning 2005 Naxos recording of works by Yehudi Wyner with Richard Stoltzman and other renowned colleagues. Her recording of Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto for Telarc with Christoph Eschenbach and the Houston Symphony won the highly coveted Diapason d'Or.

Ms. Wincenc is a professor of flute at both The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University. She often serves as a judge for prestigious competitions, including, in 2009, the Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Competition and the Kobe International Flute Competition.

Lauren Keiser Music Publishers has published The Carol Wincenc 21st Century Series for Flute, which features the artist's favorite flute repertoire. The Carol Wincenc Signature Editions compilations are published by Carl Fischer.

Carol Wincenc is a native of Buffalo, New York. Her father was a conductor and music professor and her mother a pianist. Wincenc began studies on the violin at four and the flute at age nine. 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. She also worked over a decade with the legendary French flute master and co-founder of the Marlboro Music Festival, Marcel Moyse. Wincenc was a Concert Artist Guild Winner in 1972 and First Prize Winner of the Walter W. Naumburg Solo Flute Competition in 1978.

The performance is set for Monday, September 30, 2013, at 8:00 PM in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, The Juilliard School. CAROL WINCENC 25TH ANNIVERSARY RECITAL will feature: Carol Wincenc, flute; Nancy Allen, harp; Cynthia Phelps, viola; the Escher String Quartet; the Attacca Quartet; Jake Chabot, Rosie Gallagher, Daniel James, Nicholas Johnson, Stephanie Kwak, Andreas Lamo, and Jiweon Ryu, flutes; Jonathan Borden, bass; Ken Hamao, mandolin; Colin Davin, guitar; Charles Rosmarin, percussion; and Michael Truesdell, percussion.


HENZE I Sentimenti di Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach for solo flute, solo harp, and double string quartet (New York premiere)

SCHNITTKE Moz-Art à la Mozart for eight flutes and harp (U.S. premiere)

DEBUSSY Sonata for flute, viola, and harp, L. 137

YUKO UEBAYASHI Misericordia for flute and string quartet (World premiere)

arr. Daniel Paget One Hundred Roses: Seven Neapolitan Serenades and Dances for flute, strings, mandolin, guitar, and percussion

FREE tickets will be available on September 16 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/chamber.

Photo Credit: Christian Steiner

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