Jan De Winne studied flute and music theory concurrently at the Conservatory and University of Ghent, going on to study traverso under Barthold Kuijken at the Brussels Conservatory. He was a laureate of the Musica Antiqua competition in Bruges in 1987; between 1990 and 2005 he was a member of such international ensembles as the Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Collegium Vocale Gent and the Wiener Akademie. He founded his own ensemble, Il Gardellino, with Marcel Ponseele in 1988, with which he gave concerts throughout Europe as well as in South and central America, Japan, Australia and Russia. His interest in old instruments also led him to make his own copies of 18th and 19th century traversos. Jan de Winne teaches traverso and historical performance practice at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris and historical chamber music at the Royal Brussels Conservatory. He has recorded as both soloist and chamber musician for Eufoda, Naxos, Signum and Accent. He has been the driving force behind the Passacaille label since 2006.