June 8, 2023

George Winston Solo Piano Tribute

​It is with a tremendous heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of one of the most influential solo piano artists to ever live, George Winston.

Mr. Winston and his team were generous and kind to join SoloPiano.com years ago. This year, Mr. Winston received SoloPiano.com’s Overall Solo Piano Album of the year award with his release of “Night.”

Mr. Winston was interviewed on The Going Solo Podcast by SoloPiano.com’s Founder Matthew Mayer a couple years ago. In a two part series, Winston shared with Mayer his inspirations, his approaches, along with those he looked up to in his own career. From the Doors to James Booker to Fats Waller, Winston drew inspiration from other greats, only to become the inspiration to solo pianists worldwide. Listen to the full episodes here.

“He was a man who trusted his subconscious in combination with a focus on perfection, and a pinch of ‘that doesnt really matter’,” says Mayer. “I’ll always consider him the Godfather of Solo Piano Music.”

Thank you, Mr. Winston for the immense imprint you have left on this earth, to all of the artists, and to the millions of listeners who discovered your melodic driven piano and touched the hearts of even more to come. We honor you and your music.

With all of our love, Rest in Peace.