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May 17, 2007
The Regents' Creative Activity Award recognizes significant accomplishments which bring recognition, as well as national and international stature, to the Nevada System of Higher Education. Each year, only one Creative Activity Award is presented throughout the entire system, which makes this a most significant honor.
James Winn received his Bachelor's from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1976 and his Doctor of Musical Arts, Music Performance from the University of Michigan in 1983. He joined the faculty of the Department of Music and Dance at Nevada in 1997.
Winn is an accomplished composer and pianist who made his professional debut at age 13 with the Denver Symphony. Since then, he has recorded widely in North America, Europe and Japan.
As a specialist in new music, he has participated in dozens of world premiers and premier recordings. He is a member of the Argenta Quartet, the New York Music Ensemble and Hexagon and has been a frequent guest with such groups as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Winn's compositions have been performed at New Music at the New School, Bargemusic, and the Telluride Chamber Music Festival.