Friedemann Winklhofer initially studied pharmacy, then moved on to the Academy of Music in Munich, where he studied organ, piano and conducting. Further studies took him to Paris where he worked with Jean Guillou. He began his career in 1977 as assistant of Karl Richter with the Munich Bacfh Choir. In 1988 and 1990 he took part in several performances and recordings with Leonard Bernstein at Maestro Bernstein?s personal request.
Friedemann Winklhofer has worked as a celebrated continou musician and soloist with a number of renowned orchestras and such major conductors as Lorin Maazel, Sir Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marcello Viotti, Sir Roger Norrington, Kent Nagano, Zubin Mehta, Semyon Bychkov, Franz Welser-Möst and Yehudi Mehuhin. Concert tours, a large collection of CD?s and television productions as well as performances at such international festivals as the Salzburg Festival and the Melbourne Festival have been part and parcel of his career. In 2008 he joined forces with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Aaron Copland?s ?Symphony for Organ and Orchestra? to dedicate the Klais organ in the newly constructed National Grand Theatre in Beijing. He is currently working on an original text edition of the organ works of César Franck for the Henle Verlag.
Friedemann Winklhofer is a professor at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Munich, organ expert for the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising as well as?Custos? of the Klais organ in Munich?s Philharmonie.