Günter Wehinger, born in Austria, where he earned a conservatory degree in 1982, subsequently moved to the USA in 1987 to study with the great James Newton in Los Angeles. After a two-year period in San Francisco he returned to Europe. He then dove into a musical career that has included both jazz and classical performances as well as intensive teaching duties (Music Universities of Zürich, Bern and Basel).
Wehinger‘s flute ranges from pristine and romantic lyricism to hair-raising multiphonics, screams and groans. Today he is one of the premier flutists in contemporary jazz. He released twelve CDs as a leader or co-leader with top-notch musicians like Art Lande, Michael Cain, Peter Madsen, Anthony Cox, Peter Herbert, Pheeroan AkLaff, Paul McCandless and Marek Balata. Besides performing in Europe, he has toured several times in the United States and Japan with various ensembles.
When on tour he is often invited to give master-classes and workshops at colleges and music universities (New England Conservatory, San Francisco State University, CU Denver and Boulder…).
Wehinger is also a prolific composer. He has written music for orchestra and various ensembles where he combines jazz and classical music. Recently he performed a program improvising on Bach’s music in Poland and Switzerland. His latest work is the Debussy-Project in which Wehinger has arranged some compositions of the great French impressionist for flute, vibes, e-bass and koto (Japanese string instrument). A CD of this music including some of Wehinger’s own compositions will be published later this year.
Wehinger is the author of the jazz history book Die kleine Geschichte des Jazz. For More information, please visit: www.gunterwehinger.com