Brief Biography

New York composer David Winkler is enjoying a tremendous period of activity, including many commissions and performance of his music around the world. Upcoming Premieres and Commissions include:

Queens Chamber Band for Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings to be premiered in May, 2006, Merkin Hall.

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin for Concerto for String Quartet and String Orchestra for premier Spring 2006, Moscow, Russian Federation

Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra for Yossi Arnheim, principal flutist of Israel Philharmonic, to be a featured work in the 2005 International Flute Competition in Haifa Israel, November 2005.

The 50th Gate, (short symphony on one movement) commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia (2003) and premiered in La Paz March 22-24, 2004. David Handel conducting.

Elements Concerti, four connected concerti for violin and strings commissioned by and dedicated to Anna Rabinova, premiere Jan 21, 2005 Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center, New York.

Concert Prelude for String Orchestra premiered in January by the Berlin Sinfonietta in Paris, France January 8, 2004 (Vladimir Stoupel conducting) performed again on June 17, 2004 in Moscow, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Misha Rachlevsky conducting. 9min. (Here an excerpt of Concert Prelude for Strings here.)

Variations on an Original Theme commissioned by Mirian Conti for premiere at pianos recital at Merkin Concert Hall, November 2005

He has been commissioned by the Alabama Symphony and its Music Director Richard Westerfield to compose a new large-scale work for soprano and baritone soloists, large mixed chorus and symphony orchestra called "Symphony America" (Symphony No. 3).

Mr. Winkler's recent orchestral and newly commissioned orchestral works will be commercially recorded for CD distribution by Orquesta Sinf÷nica de la UNCuyo, Mendoza, Argentina and National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia, David Handel Music Director.

Other recent premieres include the World Premiere performance by the St. Ivo Piano Quartetof Rome, Italy of his Piano Quartet on Saturday, October 11, 2003 at New York's Klavierhaus. Other recent premieres include Sarang gwa Pyangwa, commissioned by the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony, and premiered December 5, 2003 by the Daegu City Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Vakhtang Jordania, conducting.

David Winkler is a recipient of a 2002-03 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in composition.

In 1994, David Winkler was awarded a commission grant by the New York State Council on the Arts to create a new choral work for The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, director. The work was premiered at New York's Merkin Hall in January of 1995. Since then he has received commissions from the Houston Grand Opera, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Aspen Music Festival, a Leonard Bernstein Composer Fellowship, a Fromm Foundation Commission, the BMI Young Composer Award and is the recipient of a special ASCAP award for the last seven consecutive years. He is a member of ASCAP.

Mr. Winkler has been awarded the Rapaport Prize, administered by Columbia University and has been composer in residence with the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Centre, Opera/Omaha (1996 and 1997), the Chautauqua Opera and the Lincoln Center Institute.

Since 1998 he has served as the Executive Director of Chamber Players International (http://chamberplayersinternational.com/ - now in its 34th year), a New York based chamber music society of some 25 renowned instrumentalists who perform concerts throughout the New York and Long Island Metropolitan area. He is represented by Jeffrey James Arts Consulting - 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net.

Selected Works

All works published by DW Fine Arts - ASCAP
For more information, contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
jamesarts@att.net or 516-586-3433

Symphonic Works:

Symphony No. 1 - 16 minutes, one movement,
Premiered by Westchester Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Aibel conducting, 1996

Symphony No. 2 - "Symphonies Eterna" - 18 minutes, one movement, chorus (vocalise) and orchestra - Premiered by Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra, Vakhtang Jordania conducting, September 19, 2002

Symphony No. 3 "Symphony America" - 35 minutes, one movement, soprano and baritone soli, chorus and orchestra - To be premiered by Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Richard Westerfield Music Director

Concert Prelude for String Orchestra - 9 minutes
Premiered by the Berlin Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Vladimir Stoupel conducting, January 8, 2004

The 50th Gate - 15 minutes
Commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia To be premiered in La Paz, David Handel conducting

Prima - concert overture - 7 minutes
Premiered by Kharkov Philharmonic, Yuri Yanko conducting, September 12, 2002

Dopo - concert overture - 4 minutes
Premiered by Daegu City Symphony, Vakhtang Jordania conducting July 12, 2002,

Sarang gwa Pyangwa - for chorus and orchestra - 6 minutes
Commissioned by the KBS Symphony
Premiered by Daegu City Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Vakhtang Jordania, conducting, December 5, 2003

Fanfare for World Peace - concert overture - 4 minutes
Robert Spano conducting, premiered at and commissioned by Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1995

The Gates of Freedom - concert overture - 9 minutes,
Premiered by Harrisburg Symphony, Richard Westerfield conductor, 1998

Voyage to Arcturus - concert adventure for family audiences - 8 minutes
Premiered by Little Orchestra Society of New York, 2000


Variations on America the Beautiful - for Piano and Orchestra - 8 minutes

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra - three movements - 25 minutes
Commissioned by Aspen Music Festival - Premiered Aspen Festival Orchestra, James DePreist conducting, Mark Peskanov, soloist, Aug 8, 1993

Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2

Concert Prelude for String Orchestra - 8 minutes


Arms Akimbo - operatic farce, two scenes - 16 minutes SATB chamber orchestra

All's Well That Ends Well -two acts - 2hrs 30 min

The Bacchae - two acts - 1 hr, 40 min

Tonight a Woman... - three parts, one performer - 25 minutes

Looking Glass World (after Lewis Carroll) - one act - 45 minutes

Chamber Works:

Piano Quartet - 25 minutes
Premiered by St. Ivo Piano Quartet, October 11, 2003

Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
Jeffrey James,   President
316 Pacific Street
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Tel & Fax: 516-586-3433   E-mail: jamesarts@att.net

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