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Jonathan Henderson

Jonathan Henderson (b.1987) trained with Europe’s leading flute professors and has carved out a multifaceted performance career spanning from Australia to the Nordic countries.


Between 2012 and 2019 he was principal flautist of the Estonian National Opera Orchestra. As guest principal, he has performed with the Turku and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestras in Finland, the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and the Opera Australia Orchestra. He has also been invited to perform with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Nordic Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra among others.


Maintaining a special interest in chamber music, Jonathan is the founder and artistic director of Contra Concerts and flautist with the Australian Debussy Trio. From 2013-2016 he directed the New Theatre Ensemble in Estonia and from 2019-2022 performed as a member of the Southern Cross Soloists.


After completing his early musical training at the Queensland Conservatorium with Gerhard Mallon and privately with Sally Walker, Jonathan continued his studies in Germany with Felix Renggli at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and in Switzerland with Jacques Zoon at the Haute École de Musique Genève. In 2018 he completed his Doctoral Studies (PhD) at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

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★★★★★ “A sublime flute solo from Henderson." Limelight Magazine 

“Henderson displayed the breadth of his capabilities... a level of virtuoso-control rarely heard." The Music Trust

This virtuosic piece allowed Jonathan to showcase a rich range of flute timbres. He mastered the phrasing with drama, speed and accuracy." The Creative Issue

“Played superbly by Jonathan Henderson, this interpretation was strongly supported by first-rate accompaniment from Vatche Jambazian. Terrific performances by both musicians." Arts Hub

Ludwig Van Beethoven | Serenade in D Major Op.41 Jonathan Henderson & Alex Raineri [Contra Concerts]
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Jonathan Henderson and Alex Raineri perform Beethoven's Serenade in D Major Op. 41 in SONIC BEETHOVEN for Contra Concerts

Performance Highlights

+ 2022 Guest Principal Flute of the Opera Australia Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House


+ 2021 Performer for the 1:1 CONCERTS Australia social initiative

+ 2017 Soloist with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra: world premiere of Lisa Cheney's Flute Concerto

+ 2016 Academist of the Lucerne Festival, mentored by Ensemble intercontemporain

+ 2015 Soloist with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra: Estonian premiere of Lepo Sumera's To The Harmony

+ 2012 Appointed Principal Flute of the Estonian National Opera Orchestra

+ 2012 Performed at the BBC Proms as a member of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra

+ Guest artist with Phoenix Central Park, Festival Archipel Switzerland, Musica Viva Tasmania, Bangalow Music Festival, Orange Chamber Music Festival, Brisbane Music Festival, Tallinn Chamber Music Festival, BLEACH* Festival among others

Jonathan Henderson and Vatche Jambazian in CONTRA SCHUBERT for Contra Concerts,  photography by Theresa Hall

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Jonathan Henderson, photography by Stephen Henry

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