James Winn, flute
with David Kopp, piano and harpsichord
James A. Winn studied
the flute with Francis
Fuge of the Louisville
Orchestra and Samuel
Baron of the Bach Aria
Group. He has won
sponsored by the
Orchestra, and the
Twice a finalist in the
Concert Artists Guild
competition in New York,
he served for many years
as the regular flutist for
concerts at Columbia
University by the Guild
of Composers, premiering
new works by Robert
Pollock, Eugene Lee, and
Mark Zuckerman. In
recognition of his playing,
founder and President of the Guild, urged the organization to sponsor Mr. Winn’s New York debut in 1983, which included a performance of Stefan Wolpe’s Piece in Two Parts for Flute and Piano with the late Susan Almasi, later broadcast nationally on NPR.
Mr. Winn is at home in many periods of flute music, from the rich baroque repertoire to works by living composers. With harpsichordist Charles Rudig, he recorded two of Couperin’s Concerts Royaux for the Musical Heritage Society, and he made the first recording of Mark Zuckerman’s Paraphrases for Flute Alone on CRI. Mr. Winn has performed as a concerto soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, the Princeton University Orchestra, the Yale Symphony, and the Aberdeen Symphony, playing works by Boccherini, Griffes, Busoni, and Mozart. He has been heard live in radio broadcasts on WQXR New York and WGBH Boston, and his recitals with keyboard artists have included appearances in numerous East Coast venues, as well as performances in Illinois, Michigan, California, Texas, and Scotland.
At the University of Michigan, where he taught from 1983 until 1998, Mr. Winn held a professorial appointment in the School of Music, in addition to his regular appointments in English and Comparative Literature. At Boston University, where he is Professor of English, he enjoys a close relationship with the College of Fine Arts, and performs frequently with members of the music faculty.
Since 2005 James Winn has performed with David Kopp, Associate Professor in the Department of Composition and Theory and director of graduate studies at the Boston University School of Music. Mr. Kopp has performed extensively on piano and harpsichord as soloist and chamber musician throughout the Greater Boston area, across the United States, and abroad, and appears regularly on School of Music faculty concerts. His recordings appear on the New World, CRI, and ARTBSN labels. With a current scholarly focus on the intersection of music theory and musical performance, he is now chair of the Performance and Analysis Interest Group of the Society for Music Theory
Winn has also worked with pianist Andrew Shenton, who holds joint appointments in the Boston University schools of Music and Theology, and with composer-pianist Ketty Nez. Mr. Winn and Ms. Nez recently gave the world premiere of her composition for flute and piano, "the moon passes over."
For samples of recent performances, see the list below. To hear any of these excerpts, please click on the desired clip below. Most clips are available here as *.wav files (CD-quality audio, which sounds better but loads more slowly), and as *.mp3 files (Ipod-quality audio, which is compressed but loads quickly).
Schumann, Three Romances (December 6, 2014, St. John’s Church,
Jamaica Plain, with David Kopp, piano)
Ketty Nez, “the moon passes over.” (May 15, 2015,
Boston University, with Ketty Nez, piano.
Pärt, Spiegel im Spiegel. James Winn, alto flute; Andrew Shenton, piano. Recorded June 2010.
Fauré, Fantaisie, Andantino (March 2, 2007, with David Kopp, piano)
Bach, Sonata in e minor, Adagio ma non troppo (October 2008, with David Kopp, harpsichord, and Kacy Clopton, cello)
Martinu, Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano, Allegretto (October 2009, with David Kopp, piano, and Kacy Clopton, cello
Video clip from YouTube