John Winstead is a graduate of the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles where he received a full endowment scholarship.
John played under the baton of John Williams on the movie score soundtracks to "War Horse" (Spielberg, Disney) and "The Adventures of Tintin" (Disney) orchestral debut and Recordings. John also attended the Aspen music festival as a fellowship recipient. He played at the Casleton Opera Orchestra under Lorin Maazel as Principal Oboe (2011-2013). John plays solo oboe for Denver Center for Performing Arts Orchestra. He has performed for Manheim Steamholler, Lady Gaga, Il Divo, Randy Newman, Josh Groban and Sigur Rós.
In 2009 John wrote, recorded and composed for the music minus one record Label "Winstead, the contemporary Oboist" book and CD with Boosey and Hawkes.
John was the Fellowship Recipient Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in 2012 and Prize Winner Pasadena Showcase Competition Los Angeles 2011. He has worked and played under conductors including Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, John Williams, Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle and Kurt Masur.