Carol Wincenc appears with orchestras worldwide and has premiered works written for her by prominent composers. In the 2009–2010 season, she celebrated her 40th anniversary as a performer with a three-concert series in New York featuring the premieres of six newly commissioned works by Joan Tower, Jake Heggie, Thea Musgrave, Shih-Hui Chen, Andrea Clearfield, and Jonathan Berger.
With the Detroit Symphony, Wincenc gave the world premiere of a flute concerto written for her by Pulitzer-Prize winner Christopher Rouse. Wincenc also gave the world premiere of Henryk Gorecki’s Concerto-Cantata at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the U.S. premiere with the Chicago Symphony. She is in demand for her interpretation of Lukas Foss’s Renaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, a work written for her, and has premiered concerti by Peter Schickele, Joan Tower, Paul Schoenfield, and Tobias Picker, who composed The Rain In the Trees, a double concerto for her and soprano Barbara Hendricks inspired by the rainforest poems of W.S. Merwin.
Recent appearances have included performances of Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto with the Rockford Symphony (Illinois), the Santa Rosa Symphony (California), and ProMusica Columbus. In summer 2007, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Brevard Music Center and inaugurated the new Barrere Flute Studio at the Chautauqua Institution with a solo recital.
Wincenc has appeared with the St. Louis, Atlanta, and Seattle symphonies; the Los Angeles and St. Paul Chamber orchestras; the Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Caramoor, Marlboro, Sarasota, and Music @ Menlo festivals; the London Symphony and English Chamber orchestras; and the Aldeburgh, Budapest, Tivoli, and Frankfurt international music festivals. She has collaborated with the Guarneri, Emerson, and Tokyo string quartets; sopranos Jessye Norman and Elly Ameling; pianist Emanuel Ax; and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. She is flutist with the New York Woodwind Quintet. She was nominated for a Grammy Award for the 2005 Naxos recording of works by Yehudi Wyner with Richard Stoltzman and other colleagues. Her recording of Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto for Telarc with Christoph Eschenbach and the Houston Symphony won the Diapason d’Or.
Wincenc is a professor of flute at the Juilliard School of Music and Stony Brook University and has adjudicated the Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Competition and the Kobe International Flute Competition. Lauren Keiser Music Publishers are releasing The Carol Wincenc 21stCentury Series for Flute. The Carol Wincenc Signature editions compilations are published by Carl Fischer.