Heinz Winbeck


Born in Piflas near Landshut on February 11th


Began studies at the Richard Strauss Conservatory, Munich: piano with Magda Rusy and conducting with Fritz Rieger


Began studies at the State School for Music,Munich: conducting with Jan Koetsier, compo-sition with Harald Genzmer and Günter Bialas


State Exam in composition


First prize in the First Composition Competition during the Summer Music Days in Hitzacker


Conductor and composer for the theatre in Ingolstadt and at the Luisenburg in Wunsiedel


Second prize in the Fourth Composition Competition in Hitzacker    
Teacher at the State School for Music, Munich


Grant award from the city of Munich


Half-year stay in Paris, the Cité Internationale des Arts (grant from the State of Bavaria)


Music prize awarded by the Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin


Teacher for music theory and ear training at the State School for Music, Munich

Since 1988

Professor for composition at the State School for Music, Würzburg
Composer in residence at the Cabrillo Music Festival in Cabrillo, California

Since 1991

Lives in Riedenburg in Altmühltal (Bavaria, Germany)


Gerda-and-Günter-Bialas-Prize of the GEMA-Foundation

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Is composition a necessity? Is my composing, my filling in, deepening, making denser, compressing, stretching, over-coming the sense of time with the help of notes, those tender and still so obstinate symbols of the unspeakable, necessary or superfluous? I don't know. What kind of strange, amazing text is this, which has to be continued from generation to generation, which against all obstacles again and again searches for an outlet? Is breathing necessary?”

     Heinz Winbeck

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