Saxophonist Jonathan Wintringham and pianist Anthony Padilla perform works by Giulio Caching, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Jules Demersseman, Maurice Ravel, Robert Bariller, and Astor Piazzolla live on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast live from the Chicago Cultural Center.
“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” (The 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). A winner of Astral’s 2013 National Auditions, he has given recitals, masterclasses, and residencies throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, England, China, South Korea, and Japan. Mr. Wintringham has received awards in more than 20 competitions, including the Mahler Philharmonic Artists Auditions, the MTNA National Young Artist Competition and Chamber Music Competition, the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, the NASA Classical Solo Competition, the Yamaha YPA Competition, the Tucson Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, the William C. Byrd Concerto Competition, and others. He has given guest artist recitals and masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music, the London College of Music, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, the Xinghai Conservatory, Chongqing Normal University, and the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, Japan. He was the first featured Artist in Residence at the Zennor Music Series in Cornwall, England, and the first saxophonist ever to be featured on APM’s Performance Today: Young Artist in Residence. His debut CD, Walimai, has been broadcast on England’s BBC and Japan’s FMN1, and is available on the Equilibrium (Albany) label.
Jonathan Wintringham is a Conn-Selmer artist and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively. He is also an endorsing artist for MusicMedic.com’s RooPads.
Anthony Padilla is a professor of piano and chamber music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. An American pianist of Filipino-Chinese ancestry, Padilla receives public and critical acclaim for performances of “enormous freshness, vitality, and poetry” (Chicago Tribune). Since his debut with the Seattle Symphony in 1983, he has become a popular guest artist throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Highlights include solo and collaborative appearances at the Ravinia, Chautauqua, Schleswig-Holstein, Cascade, Bay View, and San Luis Obispo Festivals. After his New York debut recital, the New York Concert Review called him “a strong-willed, steel-fingered tornado: he plays the piano with absolute authority and gives new meaning to the idea of ‘interpretation’ to the extent that the U.S. Patent Office might well grant him a number. Nobody could copy him.” A protégé of the legendary pianist Jorge Bolet at the Curtis Institute of Music, he completed his graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, where he served as teaching assistant to Jeffrey Kahane and Natalya Antonova. Awarded the prestigious Beethoven Fellowship by the American Pianists Association and top prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, he is also a laureate of the Naumburg, Bachauer, Kapell, and Cleveland International Piano Competitions. He is a founding member of the Arcos Piano Trio, which was recently awarded an Artistic Excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to commission and record chamber works by Latin American composers.