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…nothing short of a virtuoso,” (‘The Sax’ Magazine, Japan) and “a saxophonist of unusual sophistication…changing his color in ways so sensitive that he bordered on alchemist” (Philadelphia Inquirer). “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, master classes and residencies throughout the United States, Canada, China, England, Japan, and Mexico. An advocate of contemporary music, Jonathan has contributed to the addition of over forty new works for saxophone, including collaborations with composers Michael Djupstrom, Marc Mellits, Ted Goldman, Steven Bryant, Greg Wanamaker, Drew Krause, Jonathan Russell, Adam Gorb, Graham Lynch, and many more.
Wintringham holds a Master of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Arizona. His instructors have included Timothy McAllister, Nobuya Sugawa, Chien-Kwan Lin, Masato Kumoi, Kelland Thomas and Asako Inoue. Furthermore, he has performed in master class settings for Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Masataka Hirano, Hitomi Hara, Lars Mlekusch, John Sampen, Kenneth Tse, and James Umble. He has participated in several of the world’s most prestigious fine arts programs, 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 and the Eastman School of Music's Professional Development Grant, Jonathan has performed significant research involving the role of saxophone in Japan, including a six-month Tokyo based investigation into the inner workings of the collegiate training systems and musical cultures of Japan.