March 24, 1835, Tårs, Lolland, Denmark.

June 19, 1899, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Winding’s father was a clergyman who collected and arranged Danish folk songs and was his son’s first music teacher. August had composition lessons with Carl Rein­ecke at the Leip­zig Conservatory in 1847. From 1848 to 1851, he studied the piano there with Anton Rée (1820-1886), who had been an acquaintance of Frédéric Chopin, as well as theory and composition with Niels Gade. In 1856 he conducted further study in Leipzig, and had lessons with Alexander Drey­schock in Prague.

Winding’s public career was originally as a pianist. He played in many countries of Europe, specializing in Beet­ho­ven and Mo­zart. His calling card was Beet­ho­ven’s 4th Piano Concerto.

In 1864, Winding married Johan Hart­mann’s daughter Clara. In 1867 he became a teacher at the Royal Danish Conservatory in Co­pen­hagen and privately.

In 1867, Winding injured his arm through overwork, which forced his retirement as a performer, but also let him devote himself to composing. He resumed teaching at the conservatorium in 1881. Between 1888 and his death he gave some further concerts.

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Winding’s bBurial place