Since winning the top prize in the 1978 solo Naumburg Flute
Competition, Carol Wincenc has been one of the United States’
most beloved and celebrated international stars of the flute. As the vibrant
muse of today’s most prominent composers, she has performed in Grammy-nominated
recordings and award-winning premieres of works written for her. Wincenc
will celebrate her fortieth-anniversary season in 2009–2010 with performances
of six newly commissioned works by Joan Tower, Jake Heggie, Shih-Hui Chen,
Jonathan Berger, and Andrea Clearfield at New York’s Merkin Recital Hall,
the Morgan Library, and the Juilliard School. Recent highlights include
a performance for Elliott
Carter’s one-hundredth birthday, featuring Carter’s complete works for
wind, and tours featuring the Vivaldi Gardellino Flute Concerto.
Born to two remarkable musician parents who gave tirelessly to the arts in their Buffalo, New York, community, Wincenc has continued this tradition as a distinguished Professor of Music on the faculties of Indiana University, Rice University, Manhattan School of Music, and, currently, Stony Brook University and her alma mater, the Juilliard School.
Carol Wincenc has appeared as concerto soloist with the Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, Detroit, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Indianapolis symphonies and has been a regular performer at numerous festivals including Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe, and Spoleto. In great demand as a chamber musician, she has been a frequent guest of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and with the Emerson, Tokyo, and Guarneri string quartets. A member of the venerated New York Wind Quintet and founder of Les Amies, her trio with harpist Nancy Allen and violist Cynthia Phelps, she has also given acclaimed performances with notables such as Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Her most recent recording on Naxos features the new music of
Samuel Adler, and
she premiered a flute sonata written by the composer for the one-hundredth
anniversary of the Juilliard School. Carl Fisher has published her
Signature Series, which includes works written for her by Foss, Górecki, Rouse, Tower, Black, Torke,
Picker, Schoenfield, Sierra, Paget, and Schickele.
This interview was recorded in Chicago on January 6, 1990. Portions
(along with recordings) were used on WNIB the next day and again in 1994
and 1999. This transcription was made and posted on this website
early in 2010.
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Award - winning broadcaster Bruce Duffie was with WNIB, Classical 97 in Chicago from 1975 until its final moment as a classical station in February of 2001. His interviews have also appeared in various magazines and journals since 1980, and he now continues his broadcast series on WNUR-FM, as well as on Contemporary Classical Internet Radio.You are invited to visit his website for more information about his work, including selected transcripts of other interviews, plus a full list of his guests. He would also like to call your attention to the photos and information about his grandfather, who was a pioneer in the automotive field more than a century ago. You may also send him E-Mail with comments, questions and suggestions.