Jürgen Winkler is an enthusiastic Go player. This passion has awakened in him an affinity for traditional Japanese culture, so that both musically and privately he especially looks forward to the orchestra’s trips to Japan.
Alongside his fulfilling musical work with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Jürgen Winkler is also interested in the non-musical, entrepreneurial side and was active on the management board for many years. For example, he was principally responsible for producing the vinyl disc of the Beethoven Symphony cycle with Paavo Järvi.
Very unusually for a present-day professional orchestra player, Jürgen Winkler came to The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen from the Young German Philharmonic in 1982 while he was still studying Mathematics, Biology and Geography in Tübingen. He subsequently switched subjects and studied the viola with Serge Collot and Emile Cantor.
He completed his musical training with various masterclasses and intensive quartet training under the tuition of the Melos Quartet and the LaSalle Quartet.
Alongside his orchestra activities, Jürgen Winkler’s musical passion is chamber music and playing in ensembles for Early Music.