Born: July 29
A native of Denmark Winnie Dahlgren started playing percussion at age fifteen, and received both her bachelor’s degree in music education in 1991 and her Master’s degree in Performance in 1995 from the Vestjysk Academy of Music in Esbjerg, Denmark. In the middle of her classical studies at the conservatory she took two years off to study jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1996 she returned to Berklee College of Music from which she received a bachelor’s degree in jazz composition and performance in 1997.
She has since performed in both jazz and classical settings, with concerts in Europe, the United States, and Southern Africa. Since November 1998 she has been working with singer Stewart Sukuma from Mozambique. She has shared stage with: Steve Lacy, Christian McBride, and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez to name a few. Winnie was chosen to represent Denmark on a Europe-tour with the European Youth Jazz Orchestra in July 1999. In 2000 Winnie was once again chosen to represent Denmark in the “The All Star Group of Swinging Europe”, performing and playing her own compositions on the MusicOra Exhibition in Paris. As a composer she has been commissioned and written music for many different jazz settings, ranging from small ensemble to big bands, as well as writing for percussion ensembles....
Surrounded by great musicians on her debut album Till We Meet Again, Danish vibist Winnie Dahlgren successfully created a macrocosm of rich musical diversity. This makes for a musically delightful album. - Phil Wilson