Wim Henderickx

1962

Biography

Training

Wim Henderickx (°1962) is a Flemish composer, based in Antwerp. He studied composition and percussion at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp and sonology at Ircam in Paris and at the Conservatoire in The Hague. 

Compositions

Many of his works are influenced by oriental music and philosophy. He wrote works for opera, music theatre, orchestra, choirs, windband and chamber music. Electronics are often an important feature in his music. Between 2004 and 2010 he wrote his Tantric Cycle. Commissioned by the Queen Elisabeth Competition, he composed Canzone for voice and piano, for the semi finals of the 2008 edition. Since 2013 he often composes for choirs too. In October 2016 Blossomings for choir, trumpet and electronics premiered at LSO St Luke's in London with the BBC Singers, Marco Blaauw (trumpet) and Martyn Brabbins (conductor). It was also performed in 2019 in Estonia with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir during the World Music Days in Tallinn. Requiem was commissioned by Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in 2017, a collaboration with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. In 2019 he wrote Klank van de stad for soprano, children's choir, mixed choir, violin and ud on a text by Maud Vanhauwaert, Antwerp's city poet.

Artist in residence

Wim Henderickx has been Composer in residence at Muziektheater Transparant since 1996. In 2013 he joined the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra as Artist in residence.

Recordings

Many of his works were recorded on cd. Via Youtube you will find many audio samples. Scores are published at Norsk Musikforlag in Oslo.  

Teacher

Wim Henderickx is professor of composition at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp: www.ap-arts.be 
and at the Conservatoire in Amsterdam: www.conservatoriumvanamsterdam.nl. He is also the main coach on the annual SoundMine Summer Composition Course for young composers, which is organised by Musica, Impulse Centre for Music.

Awards

Wim Henderickx received numerous awards, such as the Prize for Contemporary Music Flanders-Québec in 1993. In 2006 he was nominated for the Flanders Culture Prizes and in 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Lier (BE), his birthplace. He was appointed as a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium (KVAB) for Science and the Arts in 2015. Nominated for the Prize 'Composer of the Year' in 2017 by the Norwegian Music Publisher's Society in the Classical / Contemporary music series.

Choral work (selection)

  • De klank van de stad, for soprano, mixed choir, children's choir, violin and ud (or guitar) set on a text by  Maud Vanhauwaert, 2019, published by Norsk Musikforlag.
  • Maria, for SATB, 2019. First 250 copies were published by Ascolta in a liber amicorum for conductor Maria Van Nieukerken. 
  • Blossomings, for SATB, clarinet and optional electronics, 2018, published by Norsk Musikforlag.
  • Missa Brevis for SATB and optional electronics, 2017, published by Norsk Musikforlag, also available in versions for female choir or male choir.
  • Blossomings, for SATB, trumpet and optional electronics, 2016, published by Norsk Musikforlag.
  • Estasi, for mixed choirs, soprano and bass soloists, electronics ad libitum, 2016, published by Norsk Musikforlag.
  • Visioni ed estasi, for mixed choir and electronics, 2015, published by Norsk Musikforlag.
  • Colors, for SATB, female choir and electronics, 2014, published by Norsk Musikforlag; also in versions for SATB or female choir. 
  • The new ring, for SATB and optional electronics, 2013, published by Norsk Musikforlag.
Visioni ed estasi @Saint-Rumbold's cathedral Mechelen, May 2015 (Tenso Days)
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