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While C.F. Kip Winger has arrived at the highest level of achievement possible for an orchestral composer of ballet music, his professional journey has been utterly unpredictable and remarkable for its diverse musical path.
Early in Kip’s career, he toured as a bass player with rock legend Alice Cooper, moving on to perform and record with Alan Parsons (as the lead singer for Alan Parsons’ Live Project), Roger Daltry, and Bob Dylan. In 2012, London’s Classic Rock Magazine called Kip Winger “one of the most gifted composers and arrangers in the rock genre.”
After establishing his hugely successful, eponymous band — which sold millions of albums and charted six Top‐40 radio singles — Kip turned his attention back to his first loves: classical concert music and dance, He studied composition with Richard Danielpour, Michael Kurek and Richard Hermann. Since then, his works have been commissioned and performed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Sun River Music Festival in Oregon, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra in Greece. Teacher Michael Kurek has publicly praised Kip for “his great ear and innate musical sensitivity...beautifully crafted phrases and nuance.”
Mr. Winger’s score for the ballet Ghosts, written for string orchestra, piano, and harp, is one of the most celebrated contemporary ballet scores in performance today. Championed by the world‐renowned and Tony‐award‐winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, Ghosts was part of the San Francisco Ballet’s repertoire from 2010 to 2014, with performances at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, London’s Sadler’s Wells, and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. In 2010, Ghosts was nominated for the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music/Sound/Text.
Mr. Winger’s tenth studio album, Better Days Coming, was released in 2014 and entered at #85 on the Billboard Rock chart. In 2016, Kip recorded Winger: Conversations with Nijinsky with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. The album included music from his most recent, 2016 Grammy‐nominated symphonic work Conversations with Nijinsky and also from Ghost; the album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart.
In September of 2017, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra will perform the much‐lauded Conversations with Nijinsky. Tamara Nijinsky said at the opening performance of Conversations, “Kip Winger has captured my father’s heart and soul...and reminds us of my father’s genius with his own work.”