New York-based David Winkler, featured composer at Suoni dal Golfo, has written a multitude of acclaimed works for festivals and orchestras in the US, Italy, Germany and beyond. He will discuss the development of his music, the challenge and pleasure of writing a symphony for Lerici, and the career of the classical composer today with Boyd Tonkin. This talk will be followed later the same evening by the World Premiere of David Winkler’s Symphony no. 4 “Lerici” conducted by Gianluca Marcianò.
DAVID WINKLER: 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, Commissions from the Aspen Music Festival and New York Philharmonic Ensembles with additional recent commissions from I Musici di Parma (Lyric Preludes, 2019), West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Marinbad (Piano Concerto No. 2, 2020), Ocean Grove Music Festival (2019), Hungarian State Opera (2020 Le Petite Prince ballet ) and Karpfalziches Kammerorchester (Mannheim Preludes 2016, Mannheim, DG). New commissions in 2019 include his 4th Symphony (in three movements) commissioned by Suoni Dal Golfo Festival in Lerici, Italy under the direction of Gianluca Marcianò; and a new work for Pipe Organ and Orchestra for August 1, 2019 première at the Ocean Grove Music Festival (New Jersey), home of the USA's largest pipe organ housed in the semi-outdoor 5000 seat Ocean Grove Auditorium. David Winkler has been composer in residence with Vahktang Jordania International Conducting Competition, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre, Opera/Omaha, Chautauqua Opera and Lincoln Center Institute. He also serves as Executive Director of Long Island Concert Orchestra, Enrico Fagone Music Director, formed in 2016, which concertizes throughout the metropolitan New York area.
BOYD TONKIN is co-presenter of Suoni dal Golfo’s Sea of Stories on the Gulf of Poets. An author, journalist and critic, he is special adviser to The International Booker Prize, the English-speaking world’s premier award for translated fiction (which he chaired in 2016). He writes on literature and arts for international media including The Economist, Financial Times, The Times, New Scientist and New York Review of Books Daily, and contributes to the BBC. His acclaimed reader’s guide to global fiction over 400 years, The Hundred Best Novels in Translation (2018) was published in paperback in June 2019. From 1996 to 2016, he was Literary Editor and then Senior Writer at The Independent newspaper in London, where he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and co-judged it until its merger with the Man Booker International Prize. He has lectured, and spoken at festivals, around the world, and he curated the Italian Inspirations series at the Italian Cultural Institute in London in 2017. Educated at Cambridge University, he is a Trustee of the Orwell Foundation, associate editor of the journal Critical Muslim and reviews music and opera for theartsdesk.com.
This conversation is part of Sea of Stories on the Gulf of Poets. The talk will be in English with simultaneous translation into Italian.
This evening is free entry/entrata gratis