Robert Wolinsky, harpsichord
Robert Wolinsky, harpsichord and keyboard player, has been a member of the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and Orchestra of St. Luke’s since 1976, appearing as concerto soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral continuo player. With over 50 recordings to his credit, Wolinsky can be heard on two complete recordings of Bach’s Brandenburg concerti and the complete Handel Concerti Grossi op. 6 with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has toured as a soloist in the Brandenburgs (with St. Luke’s and Orpheus) in Japan, the U.S., Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Czech Republic.
Wolinsky has performed with many of America’s leading ensembles, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Boston Chamber Music Society, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philomusica, Helicon, Music for a While, New York Consort of Viols, Waverly Consort, Guido's Other Hand, Ensemble for Early Music, New York Chamber Ensemble, Mark Morris Orchestra, New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Barbad Chamber Orchestra, among others. He has also appeared in many festivals, including Mostly Mozart, Caramoor International Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Bravo! Colorado, Aldeburgh (United Kingdom), Brattleboro Bach, Bard Music Festival, Salt Bay Chamberfest, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Cape May Festival, Ravenna Festival, and Chamber Music Northwest.
He has also performed as a cabaret pianist throughout Germany, the U.S., Italy, and Austria, and he has performed in two Broadway shows and several off-Broadway shows.
The Los Angeles Times praised Wolinsky’s performance of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5: "Wolinsky had both the sheer motor energy and pointed phrasing necessary to negotiate Bach’s manic challenge in the cadenza, and throughout he supported the flute and violin with spirit and precision."