The Swiss guitarist, rMichael Winkler, was born in Zürich of German nationality. He began his artistic career in 1972. From 1976 to 1981 he has been involved in a number of different rock bands, most notably with the classic rock band Eloiteron, with whom he recorded the 1981 album "Lost Paradise". From 1979 to 1984 he studied classical guitar at the Musikakademie Zürich, graduating with a teacher's diploma. From 1988 to 1991 he studied at the Konservatorium Bern, graduating with the highest possible award, Soloists Diploma. He pursued further training in a variety of international master-classes, with guitarists of international recognition such as Pepe Romero. During his studies he did other work like composing and arranging film music for synchronized AV slide shows and documentary films.
Since 1985 Michael Winkler is a member of the EOS Guitar Quartet. His true love is playing solo guitar. He brought out his first album in 1988 containing music by Dowland, Sor, Llobet, Rodrigo and Yocoh. Later on (since 1992) he also performed concerts under the title "A musical tour of the world", which reflected his fascination for travel, for foreign cultures and their music.
Michael Winkler has made a name for himself as an interpreter of Bach. The CD "Michael Winkler plays J.S. Bach" appeared in 1996; he has devoted ten years to working on Bach’s music. The musical magazine Akustik Gitarre wrote about this album: "Out of the numerous recordings of Bach's music played on the guitar, this CD is one of the finest." He has also been composing his own music for amplified acoustic guitars for some time. In 1996 appeared the CD "Michael Winkler plays Winkler" with his own compositions. In addition to that, he also performs as a solo performer with an orchestra and as a chamber musician in various en-sembles, accompanying flautists, oboists or singers, for example.