Dallas Symphony Orchestra appoints Katharina Wincor Assistant Conductor

Wincor to join the DSO Conducting Staff in September 2019

Katharina Wincor

DALLAS (April 19, 2019) – Music Director Designate Fabio Luisi and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra announce the appointment of Katharina Wincor as Assistant Conductor. In this role, she will conduct youth concerts, Dallas Symphony Community and Parks Concerts, select DSO on the GO performances and other concerts as assigned. She will also regularly assist the Music Director Designate and guest conductors in the preparation of the orchestra for Texas Instruments Classical Series concerts.

Wincor will join the DSO and begin her duties as Assistant Conductor at the start of the 2019/20 season.

“I am honored to join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s conducting staff,” said Wincor. “The incredible musicians of the DSO welcomed me warmly, and I am excited to work with Fabio Luisi as he begins his tenure with the orchestra.”

“Katharina had a command of the score, intense musicality and a strong podium presence that immediately caught the attention of the orchestra,” said Music Director Designate Fabio Luisi. “I look forward to working with her in Dallas.”

“Katharina Wincor exemplifies artistic excellence,” said Kim Noltemy, President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “She instills in her work the same creative and inspirational vision of the DSO, and we are thrilled that she will be joining us in our future endeavors of creating the finest level of symphonic music in the world.”

Austrian conductor Katharina Wincor, recipient of the Neeme Järvi Prize at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in 2017, was born in 1995 and trained as a pianist and oboist while attending the Senior High School of Music, Linz (Austria). She studied composition at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz from 2009 to 2014. 

In 2017, she was invited by Riccardo Muti to be the youngest of five participants at his Italian Opera Academy, and in 2018 she was invited as the youngest competitor of the world-renowned Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition in London. Wincor is currently preparing to conduct Tonhalle Orchester Zürich in a masterclass with David Zinman and attend the Aspen Music Festival and School as a Conducting Fellow in summer of 2019.

Recent notable projects include working as the Assistant Chorus Master for Arnold Schoenberg Choir Vienna from 2016 to 2018 and assisting Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla at the Salzburg State Theatre.

In masterclasses, competitions and concerts, Wincor has conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, MDW Chamber Orchestra Vienna, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini, Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach, Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, Meininger Hofkapelle and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Since 2014, Wincor has studied Orchestral Conducting in Vienna at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Professor Mark Stringer, and was invited to study as an exchange student at the Franz Liszt Weimar School of Music for the 2017/18 school year. She is currently continuing her studies at the Zurich University of the Arts with Professor Johannes Schlaefli. Wincor has participated in masterclasses with Marin Alsop, Bernard Haitink and Jaap van Zweden.

In 2012, Wincor founded her own choir, Bunte Steine, which has won national and international competitions, and with whom she works regularly.


The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents the finest in orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world’s premier concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 211,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. The DSO’s involvement with the City of Dallas and the surrounding region includes an award-winning multi-faceted educational program, community projects, popular parks concerts and youth programming. The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900, and is a cornerstone of the unique, 68-acre Arts District in Downtown Dallas that is home to multiple performing arts venues, museums and parks; the largest district of its kind in the nation. The DSO is supported, in part, by funds from the Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas.