Carol Wincenc, flute

Grammy-nominated flutist Carol Wincenc is the recipient of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association, and will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Arts and Letters in the spring of 2014. She recently celebrated her 25th anniversary as a faculty member at The Juilliard School in a gala recital of colleagues, students and friends, including the Escher String Quartet and members of the Les Amies Trio. A muse of many of today's most prominent composers, she has premiered concertos written for her by Christopher Rouse, Lukas Foss, Henryk Górecki (with a most recent release on Naxos with Warsaw Philharmonic, May 2012), Joan Tower, Paul Schoenfield, Jake Heggie, Peter Schickele, Roberto Sierra and Tobias Picker.

A prolific recording artist, her performance of Pulitzer Prize winner Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto won the coveted Diapson d'Or Award with the Houston Symphony on Telarc as well as Gramophone's "Pick of the Month" recording with her hometown orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic ( Naxos) with Maestro JoAnn Falletta. After winning the sole Naumburg Solo Flute Competition, her performance with Andras Schiff in an all French CD for Music Masters was awarded the Recording of Special Merit. She has appeared as concerto soloist with such ensembles as the Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, BBC, Warsaw Philharmonic and London Symphonies; as well as the Saint Paul, Mostly Mozart, Pro Musica and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras. She has preformed at music festivals in Aldeburgh, Budapest, Frankfurt, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Banff, Sarasota, Winter Harbor Music Festival, Yale/Norfolk, Music@Menlo, and Marlboro.

Her recording of the Mozart Flute Quartets on Deutsche Grammophone with the Emerson Quartet is regarded as one of the definitive interpretations of these works. As a result of her fascination with the flute family, Wincenc created and directed a series of International Flute Festivals at the Ordway Theater in Saint Paul featuring such diverse artists as the legendary Jean-Pierre Rampal, Herbie Mann, and Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai. Lauren Keiser Publishers and Carl Fischer publish the Carol Wincenc Signature Editions, featuring her favorite flute repertoire as well as the staples of flute methods and etudes. A renowned pedagogue, masterclass performer and juror at the most prestigious international flute competitions, Ms. Wincenc continues her teaching legacy at both Stony Brook University and her alma mater, The Juilliard School, graduating masterful students now holding prominent orchestral and teaching positions worldwide.