Hailed "Queen of the Flute" (New York Magazine) at the outset of her, now, brilliant 45 year career, flutist Carol Wincenc was First Prize Winner of the (sole) Walter W. Naumburg Solo Flute Competition, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the National Flute Association, the Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Music from the National Society of Arts and Letters and numerous other awards. She has appeared as soloist with such ensembles as the Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit and London Symphonies, the BBC, Warsaw and Buffalo Philharmonics, as well as the Los Angeles, Stuttgart and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, the latter for which she was Principal and Solo Flute from 1972-77. She has performed in the Mostly Mozart Festival and music festivals in Aldeburgh, Budapest, Frankfurt, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Music at Menlo, Aspen, Yale/Norfolk, Sarasota, Banff and Marlboro. The muse of today's most prominant composers, Wincenc has premiered numerous works written for her by luminaries Christopher Rouse, Henryk Gorecki, Lukas Foss, Jake Heggie, Paul Schoenfeld, Tod Machover, Yuko Uebayashi and Joan Tower. In great demand as a chamber musician, Wincenc has collaborated with the Emerson, Tokyo, Gruarneri, Juilliard and Escher string quartets, and performed with Jessye Norman, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma.
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