August Winding was a Danish pianist, teacher and composer. August Henrik Winding was born in Tårs on the island of Lolland. His father was a clergyman who collected and arranged Danish folk songs and was his son's first music teacher. August had composition lessons with Carl Reinecke at the Leipzig Conservatory in 1847, and from 1848 to 1851 he studied the piano there with Anton Rée (1820-1886), who had been an acquaintance of Frédéric Chopin; as well as theory and composition with Niels Gade. In 1856 he had further study in Leipzig, and had lessons with Alexander Dreyschock in Prague.