Sine Winther is recognised as one of Australia’s finest emerging pianists. Currently, she is establishing a diverse career in Germany as a soloist, chamber musician, student and tutor.
Born on Magnetic Island (QLD, Australia) in 1994, Sine grew up in a Danish-Chinese family of pianists and began learning from her parents at 5 years old. Performing became a normal part of her upbringing, playing in the family concert series ‘Piano Viva’. Since then, she has completed a Bachelor Degree in Advanced Piano Performance (Hons) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music studying under Natasha Vlassenko and Leah Horwitz. After her Bachelor degree, she moved to Melbourne to freelance and study privately with Timothy Young. She subsequently entered the Professional Performance Program at the Australian National Academy (ANAM), which she recently graduated from in October 2020. She is now a Master’s student at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart (Germany), where she seeks to focus on First Viennese School and Impressionist repertoire under Professor Florian Wiek. Aside from her primary teachers, she has received masterclasses from acclaimed artists including Stephen Kovacevich, Pascal Roge, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Osborne, Kathyrn Stott and Piers Lane.
Throughout her formative years, solo performance highlights include concerti by Beethoven and Mozart with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (ANAM Concerto Competition Finals), Queensland Philharmonia, Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra and Orchestra 21. She has also performed in festivals, concerts and competitions including the Dartington International Festival (United Kingdom), the Australian Showcase at the Sydney International Competition, the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the annual 4MBs Festival of Classics, and has been a prize winner of the 3MBs ‘the Talent’ Competition and won First Place in the Queensland Piano Competition. Her performances have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM and the MBs networks.
As a soloist, Sine enjoys retreating into her own world, and is particularly devoted to the music of Rameau, Beethoven and Debussy. She is also passionate chamber musician, and believes in expanding one’s versatility as much as possible. Her experience span from playing chamber organ in Bach’s B Minor Mass with Voces8, performing Schumann lieder with Sara McLiver, contemporary American music with Timothy Munro, canon piano trios with brother Kristian Winther, and almost everything else in between. In whichever genre, Sine strives to create performance experiences which interpret universal truths – the flux of strength and fragility in the human and natural world.
When she’s not sitting at the piano, Sine enjoys drinking coffee (or something stronger) with friends and family, reading philosophy, walking in nature, and patting dogs. She also currently holds a piano tutor position at the Aalen Musikschule in Germany.