Heinz Winbeck

Heinz Winbeck
Born (1946-02-11) 11 February 1946
  • Composer
  • Academic teacher

Heinz Winbeck (born 11 February 1946) is a German composer and an academic teacher. He is known for five large scale symphonies.


Winbeck was born in a small village named Piflas, now part of Ergolding, close to Landshut in Lower Bavaria into a family of farmers. He started his musical studies in 1964 at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, piano with Magda Rusy and conducting with Fritz Rieger. From 1967 he studied conducting at the Musikhochschule München with Jan Koetsier, composition with Harald Genzmer and Günter Bialas. From 1974 to 1978 he worked as composer and conductor at the Theater Ingolstadt, also for the festival Luisenburg-Festspiele. In 1980 he taught at the Musikhochschule München. In 1988 he was appointed professor for composition at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg.[1] Among his students is composer and pianist Rudi Spring.[2] Winbeck was "Composer in Residence" at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Cabrillo, California.[1]

Heinz Winbeck lives in Schambach, a monastery that he and his wife Gerlinde modernized in the 1990s, near Riedenburg in Lower Bavaria. He created five wide-spaced and organized symphonies. His First Symphony was premiered in 1984 at the Donaueschinger Tage für Neue Musik and recorded by WERGO, combined with Winbeck's second string quartet, with Dennis Russell Davies conducting the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken.[3] His Fifth Symphony "Jetzt und in der Stunde des Todes" (Now and in the hour of death) reflects sketches of Anton Bruckner's unfinished 9th Symphony. The work in three movements of about 55 minutes was played by the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies on 1 March 2010 at the Stift St. Florian.[4][5] The same year he started a collaboration with the Landestheater Linz, which resulted in the ballet "Lebensstürme" (Storms of life).[6]

The composer commented on his way of composing: "Ich kann nichts anderes sagen, als daß ich buchstäblich nur das zu Papier bringe, das, würde ich es nicht tun, mich zersprengte." (All I can say is that I literally only put down on paper that which, were I not to do so, would cause me to explode.)[3]

Winbeck's works are published by Bärenreiter.[1]



Symphonic works

Chamber music


In 1994 Heinz and Gerhilde Winbeck won a prize for the historical renovation by the Hypo-Foundation.[7]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Heinz Winbeck". Bärenreiter. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  2. "Interview Rudi Spring / Auf eine existentielle Musik hin" (in German). musikmph.de. 1 January 1998. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  3. 1 2 "Erste Sinfonie / Zweites Streichquartett". WERGO. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  4. "Winbeck "Finale" finally performed". The Bruckner Discography. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  5. "Heinz Winbeck "Jetzt und in der Stunde des Todes" / Drei Fragmente unter Verwendung von Motiven insbesondere des Finales der 9. Sinfonie von Anton Bruckner" (in German). bruckner-orchester.at. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  6. "Linz, Landestheater Linz, Premiere Die Winterreise Ballett in zwei Teilen von Jochen Ulrich 26.2.2011" (in German). ioco.de. 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  7. "1994 Anerkennungen" (in German). Hypo-Foundation. 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011.

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