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First Name: William
Last Name: Winstead
Bio: William Winstead is principal bassoonist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and professor of bassoon at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. A native of western Kentucky, Mr. Winstead began his musical training as a pianist and composer before taking up the study of several wind instruments. He later received degrees in bassoon from the Curtis Institute of Music and in theory and composition from West Virginia University. At age twenty-two, Mr. Winstead first performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, serving for seven years as principal bassoonist under Pablo Casals for many recordings with the Marlboro Festival Orchestra. He also toured the United States and Canada and recorded chamber music representing the Festival. During this time and for an additional fifteen years, Mr. Winstead built a career as a college professor - teaching bassoon, piano, theory, and composition - first at West Virginia University, then at Indiana-Purdue University, Florida State University, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Ten years ago he joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. As a bassoon soloist, Mr. Winstead has appeared with orchestras ranging from the Wheeling (WV) and Waco (TX) Symphonies to the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, and has held residencies with the Lake George Opera, the Goldovsky Opera Festival, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He has been a featured recitalist in this country and Europe at several conferences of the International Double Reed Society, and served two terms as president of that group. He has served as a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Music Advisory Panel for Solo Recitalist Grants, and he frequently presents master classes and concerto performances on university campuses across the country. Mr. Winstead has performed at other summer festivals including Spoleto, Italy's Festival of Two Worlds and has been a featured artist performer/teacher for the past ten years at the Sarasota Music Festival. In 1994, after an absence of twenty years, he returned to the Marlboro Music Festival as a senior member, and has recently completed his first summer as a member of the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival. As a composer, William Winstead has had premieres by the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has received numerous commissions, grants, and awards, including an NEA grant in 1976 for a bicentennial work for narrator and orchestra. In addition he has collaborated with Sol Schoenbach in publishing three volumes of solo bassoon music.
Source: Double Reed 21/1 (1998)