Chad Winkler joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as fourth/utility trumpet in November 2008, and has been featured as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Prior to winning his current position, Winkler held positions with the Wheeling (WV) Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony and the Erie Philharmonic. He has also performed with the orchestras of Honolulu, Louisville and Jacksonville, as well as acting principal trumpet with the orchestras of the the Pittsburgh Ballet and Pittsburgh Opera.
With the Pittsburgh Symphony, Winkler has performed at all of the major performance venues in the world, including at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, and the Royal Albert Hall in London, England at the Proms. Winkler can be heard with the Pittsburgh Symphony on weekly radio broadcasts on PRI.
Beginning in August 2014, Winkler will be the professor of trumpet at Slippery Rock University. Winkler is also the professor of trumpet at California University of PA.
Originally from Morgantown, WV, Winkler earned his Bachelor of Music degree from West Virginia University, where he studied with his father, Dr. John Winkler. Chad earned his Master of Music degree from Duquesne University, where he studied with Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Trumpet, George Vosburgh.
Winkler began his trumpet studies at age 12. In 1996, Winkler attended the Interlochen Arts Camp, where he was a winner of the concerto competition. Winkler also performed with Interlochen's World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA. Winkler attended the Brevard Music Center from 1998-2000, where he was twice the winner of the concerto competition. Winkler spent the summers of 2001-2008 as a member of the music staff orchestra at Camp-of-the-Woods in Speculator, NY, where he performed as soloist and principal trumpet.
Winkler won the National Trumpet Competition in 1995, 1998 and 2000. In 2013, he was invited to perform as guest soloist at the National Trumpet Competition.
Chad and his wife Elissa, owner of Bethel Park Music Studio, live in Bethel Park, PA with their son, Hudson and daughter, Selah.