Item Number: EQ98
Year Recorded: 2010
Jonathan Wintringham - saxophone
“A major force in the saxophone world,” (American Record Guide) internationally acclaimed saxophonist and recording artist Jonathan Wintringham has been described as “absolutely stunning” and “nothing short of a virtuoso” (‘The Sax’ Magazine, Japan). “Possessing a confidence and grace that comes from somewhere beyond experience,” (Arizona Daily Star) “he phrases with an artistic awareness well beyond his years; and he tackles the postmodernist content of his program with extreme volume shifts [and] daring color changes” (ARG). He has given recitals, masterclasses and residencies throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England and Japan. An advocate of contemporary music, Jonathan is constantly working with composers to commission and premiere new works.
As a soloist, Wintringham has received first place awards in numerous competitions including the 2013 Astral Artists National Auditions, the 2013 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Young Artist Competition, the 2011 Arizona State University Concerto Competition, the 2009 Tucson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the 2009 University of Arizona President’s Concerto Competition and the 2008 Tucson Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. As a result of the 2014 Mahler Philharmoniker's International Auditions, Wintringham was the first saxophonist selected to join the MPhil Artist's Roster, based in Vienna, Austria. Other awards include the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Classical Solo Competition, the 2012 & 2008 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition, the 2012 & 2008 MTNA National Young Artist Competition, the 2008 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition and the 2013 William C. Byrd Concerto Competition.
Wintringham has performed alongside many world-renowned musicians including Timothy McAllister, director of the Institute for New Music at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Masato Kumoi, the Masato Kumoi Saxophone Quartet and Kazuhiro Takagi, concertmaster of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Jonathan was invited to premiere Alex Orfaly’s Divertissement No. 2 as a member of the New World Symphony Orchestra. He has given guest artist recitals and masterclasses at numerous institutions including the London College of Music, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona and was the first featured Artist in Residence at the Zennor Music Series in Cornwall, England. Jonathan recently became the first classical saxophonist to be featured on American Public Media's Performance Today: Young Artists in Residence, as a representative of the Eastman School of Music. He has been interviewed and invited to perform for several other television and radio shows including FOX News, KLPX, and KUAT Television. His debut CD, Walimai, has been broadcast internationally on England’s BBC and Japan’s FMN1, and is available on the Equilibrium (Albany) label. Additionally, Jonathan’s former award-winning chamber ensemble, The Catalina Quartet, can be heard on AUR’s America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Volume XIV presenting the North American premiere recording of Gavin Bryar’s Alaric I or II.
In addition to his duo with composer and pianist Michael Djupstrom, Wintringham performs regularly as a member of the Bando/Wintringham Duo. Together with renowned saxophonist and Professor of Saxophone at the Tokyo School of Music and the Kunitachi School of Music, Kuninobu Bando, the Tokyo-based chamber ensemble has received numerous accolades for their international performances since their formation in 2009. Jonathan further served as a member of several recording and award-winning chamber ensembles including the Presidio Saxophone Quartet, the Catalina Saxophone Quartet, the Taleus Saxophone Quartet and the saxophone trio, Trikaya.
Wintringham is currently a teaching assistant and the assistant director of the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP) at the Eastman School of Music where he is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature under the instruction of Chien-Kwan Lin. Holding a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Arizona, Jonathan’s instructors have included Timothy McAllister, Nobuya Sugawa, Masato Kumoi, Kelland Thomas and Asako Inoue. Furthermore, he has performed in masterclass settings for Masataka Hirano, Hitomi Hara, John Sampen, Kenneth Tse and James Umble. He has participated in several of the world’s most prestigious fine arts camps including the Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy and Festival in 2008 and 2009. As a recipient of the University of Arizona’s Undergraduate Research Grant, Jonathan performed a six-month Tokyo based investigation into the inner workings of the collegiate training systems and musical cultures of Japan.
Wintringham is a Conn-Selmer artist, and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively. He is also an Astral Performing Artist, an MPhil Artist and an endorsing artist for MusicMedic.com’s RooPads.
Item Number: EQ98
Year Recorded: 2010
Since his professional debut at the age of seventeen, Jonathan Wintringham has been described as nothing short of a virtuoso ('The Sax' magazine, Japan) whose brilliant play (Green Valley News) has captivated audiences worldwide. Possessing a confidence and grace that comes from somewhere beyond experience...he delivers a lovely sound that is graceful and exciting (Arizona Daily Star).
“Wintringham has been a major force in the saxophone world…He has a nice and resonant sound; he boasts an excellent set of fingers and articulation; he phrases with an artistic awareness well beyond his years; and he tackles the postmodernist content of his program with extreme volume shifts, daring color changes, and a deft command of glissandos and slap tongue…His vibrato is thoughtfully rendered, always warm and well placed…”
-American Record Guide
“[Wintringham] is now 22, but nothing short of a virtuoso…The sweet and tender characteristics of the saxophone touched the heart of the listeners…The piano introduction [of Albright’s ‘Sonata, II’] caught the audience’s attention, and it touched the heart with sweet timbres in his performance. The focused second movement was absolutely stunning… For [the saxophone octet ‘Passacaglia’ by Durr], Mr. Wintringham displayed his fabulous talent as a chamber musician…”
-The Sax Magazine, Japan
"Saxophonist Jonathan Wintringham can make his horn sing. When he plays, his sound has a way of swallowing a room and all that's in it, drawing you into the musical world he is creating. He is young and exciting, as audiences last spring learned when he performed Tomasi's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra."
-Arizona Daily Star
“I was not so much ‘pleasantly surprised’ as ‘blown away,’ first by the music itself and then by the performance…Wintringham’s saxophone sang effortlessly yet expressively…Wintringham scored a resounding triumph in three movements from Astor Piazolla’s Histoire du Tango.”
-The Chestnut Hill Local, Philadelphia
“To say that these musicians [including Wintringham] were top-notch is not giving them nearly enough credit. They were fabulous, each possessing a confidence and grace that comes from somewhere beyond experience…it’s easy to understand [Wintringham’s] accolades: this University of Arizona standout has the chops. He delivers a lovely sound that is graceful and exciting. You couldn’t help but lean forward in your seat and give this guy your full attention throughout his performance.”
-Arizona Daily Star