Primary Instrument: Clarinet
Gábor Winand started his musical studies on the clarinet, and then after finishing primary school turned to singing. At the age of 19 he was admitted to the jazz department of the Bartók Béla Conservatory, where his teacher was Attila Garai. After completing the school he soon found himself in the band of Gyula Babos, one of the great personalities of the Hungarian jazz world. After meeting Gábor Gadó in 1990, he started to work with his band Joy, and they made successful appearances at many festivals. Later he often played with the Trio Stendhal, led by the saxophonist László Dés, with the ESP orchestra, led by the trombonist László Goz, and with the pianist György Vukán. Meanwhile, continuing his instrumental training, he learnt to play the saxophone, and then the flute. Since 2001 he has bee! n a member of the Elemér Balázs Group, with whom he has recorded four discs. With the orchestra he has played with Charlie Mariano, as well as playing at the London Jazz Festival, the Skopje Jazz Festival, and in a number of European cities, such as Berlin, The Hague, Vienna, etc. Also in 2001 he took part in the Hungarian Radio singing competition as a member of the jury, and Al Jarreau, the chairman of the jury, expressed great delight in Winand’s performance in the gala concert following the competition, then invited him to share the stage in his own concert. His current formations include the Bosambo Trio, the band of the Cuban singer Elsa Valle, and his own team, the Winand Quartet, In recent years he has again played with Gábor Gadó, with whom he has recorded albums released under his own name. The French magazine Jazzman awarded his album Corners of my mind the “Choc de l’année” prize in 2002, awarded to the most outstanding albums of the year. With the material from his own albums, he has recently received many invitations to France (Jazz Festival de Souillac, Jazz Festival de Tours, Mittel Europa Jazz Festival Schiltingheim, Paris, Valenciennes).
Awards:Choc de l’année” prize in 2002, Crest Jazz Vocal
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.