James Winn, DMA

Professor of Music and Piano; Director of Keyboard Studies; Director of Compositional Studies
James Winn sitted a piano.


James Winn, piano and composition professor at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1997, made his professional debut with the Denver Symphony at the age of 13 and has been performing widely in North America, Europe and Asia ever since. With his duo-piano partner, Cameron Grant, he was a recipient of the top prize given in the two-piano category of the 1980 Munich Competition (Musical America wrote about the team, "Not since Josef and Rosina Lhevinne regaled us in the 1930s have we heard such technical prowess paired with such genuine musical values").

Winn has been a solo pianist with the New York City Ballet, a member of the New York New Music Ensemble, of Hexagon (woodwind quintet plus piano) and the pianist and resident composer of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, as well as a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum, the Group for Contemporary Music, Cactus Pear Chamber Music Festival, La Musica International Chamber Music Festival and Bargemusic. Well-known as a specialist in new music, he has been involved in numerous world premieres and premiere recordings by many renowned composers, among them 13 Pulitzer Prize winners. He is currently a member of Argenta, the University of Nevada, Reno's resident piano trio, a founding member and regular participant in the Nevada Chamber Music Festival and performs regularly in recital with internationally acclaimed New York-based violinist Rolf Schulte. An active recording artist, Winn has been featured in more than three dozen CDs as soloist, chamber musician and composer. He has received numerous career recognitions including an artist fellowship from the Nevada State Council of the Arts and the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.


* Indicates a world-premiere recording.

  • German radio (Hessischer Rundfunk, Süddeutscher Rundfunk) - 1975 to 1983
    With the Orchestra of the Hessischer Rundfunk: Busoni - Concerto, Op 39; Beethoven - Choral Fantasy, Op. 80 with Cameron Grant: Bartok - Concerto for Two Pianos; Brahms - Symphonies 3 &4 (in the composer's transcriptions); Schubert - Grand Duo, Op. 140, D.812; Persichetti - Two Piano Sonata; Liszt - Concerto Pathetique; Saint-Saens - Scherzo, Op. 87; Caprice Heroique, Op. 106
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (radio) 1985
    With Cameron Grant: Stockhausen - Mantra
  • A Jenny Lind Recital - Northeastern Records - Classical Arts NR237-CD
    With Elizabeth Parcells
  • ElectriCity* - O.O. Discs - CD#8
    With the New York New Music Ensemble.
  • Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Requiem Canticles - Music Masters CD#01612-67078-2
    With the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Robert Kraft.
  • Respighi: Il Trittico Botticelliani - Deutsche Grammaphon CD# 437533-2
    With Orpheus.
  • Wuorinen: Hyperion*; Archeopteryx* - Koch International CD#3-7110-2H1
    With the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Charles Wuorinen
  • Knussen: Ocean de Terre* - Virgin - CD#0777 7 5930825
    With the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
  • Robert Hall Lewis: Fantasiemusik II for Clarinet and Piano* - Albany Records
    With Jean Kopperud.
    Wuorinen: Double Solo* - Koch International CD#3-7123-2H1
    With Benjamin Hudson and William Purvis.
  • Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire - Gunmar CD#GM2030CD
    With Phyllis Bryn-Julson and the New York New Music Ensemble.
  • Lazarof: Divertimento II* - Delos CD#DE3134
    With the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
  • Wuorinen: Tashi*; Fortune* - Koch International CD#3-7242-2H1
    With Fred Sherry, Curtis Macomber, Alan Kay, Jean Kopperud.
  • Jaffe: Four Songs* - Bridge CD#BCD9047
    With D'Anna Fortunato and Speculum Musicae
  • Wuorinen: Winter's Tale*; New York Notes; Twang*; Album Leaf* - Koch International CD#3-7272-2H1
    With the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
  • Robert Black: Foramen Habet!* - Bridge CD#Bridge9061
  • Carter: Triple Duo; Davies: Ave Maris Stella; Druckman: Come Round* - Gunmar CD#GM2047CD
    With the New York New Music Ensemble
  • Wolpe: The Man From Midian*; Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16 (two-piano version) - Koch International CD#3-7315-2H1
  • With Cameron Grant.Louis Karchin: Galactic Folds*; Songs of Distance & Light; Cello Sonata - CRI CD#739
    With Fred Sherry and the New York New Music Ensemble.
  • James Primosch: Sacra Conversazione*; C. Bryan Rulon: Res Facta* - Centaur CD#CRC 2338
    With the New York New Music Ensemble.
  • Les Petits Nerveux (French music for winds and piano) - Bridge CD#Bridge9079 With Hexagon.
  • This recording made four "best of the year" review lists (American Record Guide, Audiophile Audition, Pulse, and ClassicsToday.com)
  • Shostakovitch: Selected Preludes - Outside in July
    Documentary soundtrack "All About Looking"
  • James Dashow: Ashbery Setting* - Capstone CPS-8659With New York New Music Ensemble.
  • David Froom: Chamber Concerto* - Arabesque CD#Z6710
    With the New York New Music Ensemble.
  • Charles Wuorinen: Lightenings viii* - Koch International CD#3-7410-2H1
    With Elizabeth Henrickson - Farnum.
  • Patterns: New Chamber Music from the University of Nevada, Reno* - Disc Makers CD#10P22098
    With Katharine DeBoer and the Argenta Ensemble.
  • Ronald Caltabiano: Hexagons* - CRI CD#835
    With Hexagon.
  • David Felder: Colleccion Nocturna (version for clar., pno., and tape)* - Mode Records CD#mode 89
    With Jean Kopperud.
  • Eric Moe: Time Will tell* - Albany Records TROY506
    With Speculum Musicae.
  • Louis Karchin: Cascades*, Sonata da Camera* - New World Records CD#80583-2 Sonata da Camera
    With Curtis Macomber.
  • Mario Davidovsky: Flashbacks* - Bridge CD#Bridge 9097
    With the New York New Music Ensemble.
  • Wayne Peterson: Vicissitudes*, Labyrinth - Koch International CD#3-7498-2HI
    With the New York New Music Ensemble.
  • David Felder: Coleccion Nocturna (concerto version)* - EMF CD 033
    With Jean Kopperud and the June in Buffalo Festival Orchestra.
  • Morton Feldman: Instruments II - EMF CD 033
    With members of the June in Buffalo Festival Orchestra.
  • Wayne Peterson: Diatribe*, Duo* - Albany Records TROY601
    With Curtis Macomber
  • Ceremony After a Fire Raid*
    With Elizabeth Farnum.
  •  Charles Wuorinen: New York Notes* - Center (re-issue) TZ 7077
    With Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Tzadik.
  • Charles Wuorinen: Double Solo* - Naxos (re-issue) 8.559264
    With Benjamin Hudson, William Purvis.
  • Stefan Wolpe: The Man From Midian* - Naxos (re-issue) 8.559265
    With Cameron Grant.
  • Charles Wuorinen: Katz Fugue*, Twelve Short pieces, Self-Similar waltz, Album Leaf*, Christes Crosse - Albany Records TROY871
    With Elizabeth Farnum.
  • Charles Wuorinen: Hyperian*, Archaeopteryx* - Albany Records (re-issue) TROY992
    With St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble.
  • Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra Op. 16 (two piano version) - Albany Records (re-issue)
  • Fred Lerdahl: Duo for Violin & Piano* - Bridge Records Bridge 9269
    With Rolf Schulte.
  • Late Dates with Mozart (Violin Sonatas K. 454, 481, and 526) - MSR Classics MS 1305
    With Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio.
  • Winn: Pibroch* for solo violin- MSR Classics MS 1397 Recorded on Going Solo, Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio
    The Piano Trios of Felix Mendelssohn Argenta Trio - Bridge Records Bridge 9338
  • Johannes Brahms: the Violin Sonatas - MSR Classics - MS 1483
    With Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio.
    Johannes Brahms: the Cello Sonatas - MSR Classics - MS 1516
    With John Whitfield.
  • James Winn: Chamber Music* - MSR Classics - MS 1588With Dmitri Atapaine, Rong-Huey Liu, and Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio
  • Howard Hersh: Dancing at the Pink House* - Snow Leopard Music - 201
    With Patricia Shand.