Cathrine Winnes is a Norwegian conductor with an education in classical saxophone at the Norwegian Academy of Music (2000) and conducting at the Royal College of Music (2002) and the Norwegian Academy of Music (2004). Cathrine Winnes also holds a diploma in orchestral leadership from the Norwegian Music High School.
She has directed several of the professional orchestras in Norway, including Oslo Philharmonic, Radio Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony, Tromsø Symphony Orchestra and all Norwegian professional military orchestras. She has been guest conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Opera Orchestra and The Östgöta Wind Ensemble where she is the chief conductor. She is also the chief conductor and artistic leader for Stockholm Wind Ensemble. Winnes has appeared as both conductor and presenter for the Norwegian state broadcaster NRK’s Art and Regime series, examining the life and works of Dmitri Sjostakovitj. Together with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra for their TV production marking the centenary of women’s voting rights in Norway. Winnes has lead a number of world and Scandinavian premieres. She was the conductor for the contemporary group KammarensenmbleN in a programme for Swedish television, and in 2015 she conducted the premiere of Cecilie Ore’s opera Adam and Eve at the Bergen International Festival and at Ultima Festival in Oslo. In August 2015 WInnes’s recording of music by Klas Backman with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra was released on the Naxos label.