Wim Winters

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Wim Winters
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Born (1972-03-06) March 6, 1972 (age 51)
Lommel, Belgium
Alma materConservatorium van Amsterdam
  • Organist
  • Keyboard player
Known forReconstructions of historical tempi using the "double beat" technique

Wim Winters is a Belgian born organist and historical keyboard player who is known for his reconstructions of historical tempi using the "double beat" technique.


Born in 1972 in Lommel, Belgium - Winters started studying music in 1984, at the age of 12[1]. Only 2 years later he won first prize at the International Organ Competition in Boxtel. In the years folowing 1990 Winters studied with Jacques van Oortmerssen[2] at the Sweelinck Conservatory. In 1998 he finished his studies with great distinction, returning to Belgium. In 1997 Winters won 3rd prize at the International Organ Competition in Brugge[3]. In 1998 he placed 3rd at the International competition "Europe and the Organ" in Maastricht. In 1999 he won 3rd prize at the Schnitger Organ Competition in Alkmaar.

Historical Tempi and the "Double Beat" Theory

The year 2000 marked the start of his research into historical tempi. Wim has been a significant advocate, and has widely popularized the idea of the "double beat" theory of historical tempo reconstruction. This method states that in the classical and romantic eras metronome indications indicated half the value of the note e.g. a historical tempo of quarter note = 160 would be a modern "single beat" tempo of eighth note = 160 or quarter note = 80.

Discography and Authentic Sound

His first CD, featuring the organ music of Bach, was released in 2008. From 2008 onwards winters has given concerts around the world, playing works of the Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. All his clavichord concerts, and two of his CDs[4] have been preformed on an unfretted 5 octave clavichord, built by the Belgian builder Joris Potvlieghe. In 2014 Winters founded the "Authentic Sound" youtube channel, going on to found a music label of the same name[5]. In 2020 Wim has collaborated with Alberto Sanna, and Italian pianist to record various sonatas of Beethoven, most notably the Hammerklavier Sonata.

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In the media



  1. "Wim Winters".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "The Late Jacques van Oortmerssen".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "MA Festival".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "DCS | Deutsche Clavichord Societät – Clavichordkultur: Clavichordmusik auf CDs und DVDs". www.clavichord.info. Retrieved 2020-04-05.

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