New York composer David Winkler has composed over 200 works for orchestras and ensembles worldwide. He has received a Martha Argerich Project Commission, Leonard Bernstein Composer Fellowship, and additional commissions from Suoni dal Golfo Music Festival, I Musici di Parma, the Kurpfalzisches Kammerorchester, the Fromm Foundation, Aspen Festival, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, The Korean Broadcasting System, a BMI Young Composer Award and a special ASCAP award, etc, etc.
Upcoming premieres include his “Little Prince Ballet” based on the iconic story of Antoine de St. Exupery, his 4th Symphony which will be premiered in Lerici, Italy, Gianluca Marciano conducting and the Symphonic Prelude for Organ and Orchestra for an August 2019 premiere at the Ocean Grove Music Festival (New Jersey, USA). Recent premieres include his “Lyric Preludes for Strings” premiered at the Conservatorio Swizzera/Italiana in Lugano, SW and by I Musici di Parma under the direction of Enrico Fagone.
David Winkler will be the composer in residence at the 2019 Suoni dal Golfo Music Festival in Lerici, Italy. Previously, he has been composer in residence with the Vahktang Jordania International Conducting Competition, Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Centre, Opera/Omaha ,the Chautauqua Opera and the Lincoln Center Institute. Recent additional commissioned premieres include Rhapsodies for Violin and Orchestra, and his Toccata for Piano and Winds (December 2018 in New York).
Previous premieres in 2016 and 2017 included his Concert Prelude No. 3 by the Karoly Vary Symphony, Prague, Czech Republic, String Quartet No. 4 by the Amernet String Quartet, and recently the Piano Quintet for the Martha Argerich Project/Lugano Festival and the orchestral Concert Prelude No. 2 for the Philadelphia International Music Festival last July and the Symphonic Overture "Forza Vita" for the International Beethoven Festival-Chicago, Illinois:
Other recent premieres include those by The Paris Chamber Orchestra (Dubai, Sharzah, South Korea), The National Symphony of the Ukraine; The Symphony Un Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina; National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia, The Korean Broadcasting System, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Queen's Chamber Band (NYC) , Houston Grand Opera, Kharkov Philharmonic (Ukraine) as well as commissions from The Alabama Symphony (Birmingham, AL), Long Island Mozart Festival (NY, USA), The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Symphony, and the Aspen Music Festival.
His works have been recorded on Naxos International/American Classics including the “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” and “Elements Concerti” and on Crystal Records, “Warhol Appassionata”. His theatrical works include the recent one-act opera, "Pullman Car Hiawatha" based on the play by Thornton Wilder and a new ballet, “The Little Prince Ballet” based on the famous book by Antoine de St. Exupery.
He has also received a fellowship grant by the New York Foundation for the Arts (2001)to support the creation of a variety of new symphonic works; and a commission grant by the New York State Council on the Arts for choral music.
David Winkler has served as the Executive and Artistic Director of Chamber Players International (chamberplayersinternational.org) since 1998 and also currently serves as Executive Director of the Long Island Concert Orchestra (LIconcertorchestra.org). He is also noted in IMDb for his film score for the award wining dramatic short"The Waltz", directed by Trevor Zhou. And has also collaborated with world renowned photographer Robert Dutesco by scoring the original music to Mr. Dutesco's film/video “Universality”