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 prominent composers, Ms. 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, Ms. Wincenc has collaborated with the Emerson, Tokyo, Gruarneri, Juilliard and Escher string quartets, and performed with Jessye Norman, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma.
A Grammy nominee, she has recorded for Nonesuch, London/Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Telarc (Diapason D'Or Award), Music Masters (Recording of Special Merit with Andras Schiff) and Naxos (Grammophone Magazine "Pick of the Month with Buffalo Philharmonic). Ms. Wincenc created and directed a series of International Flute Festivals at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, featuring such diverse artists as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Herbie Mann, Steven Kujala and the American Indian flutist, R. Carlos Nakai. She is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet and a founding member of Les Amis Trio with New York Philharmonic principals Nancy Allen, harpist and Cynthia Phelps. violist. Ms. Wincenc is currently on the faculties of The Juilliard School and Stonybrook University having mentored and graduated countless rising, flute stars commanding Principal Flute positions in major symphony orchestras and university professorships. She is renowned for her popular series of etudes and flute classics, the "Carol Wincenc 21st Century Flute" published by Lauren Keiser/Hal Leonard Music Publishers. A long time resident of New York City, where she resides with her musician, top model son, Nicola Wincenc, Carol Wincenc is a native of Buffalo, NY. and was raised in a deeply active, musical family, along with her two older sisters, and under the mentorship of her father and symphony conductor, Dr. Joseph Wincenc, and pianist mother, Margaret Wincenc.