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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.


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.


Between 2012 and 2019 Jonathan held the position of Principal Flute with the Estonian National Opera Orchestra. After developing a relationship with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland, he travelled regularly to perform as guest principal flute, followed by a contract with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and invitations to perform with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Nordic Symphony Orchestra.


In Australia, Jonathan has performed as guest principal flute with the Opera Australia Orchestra, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and as a guest with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra. 


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. As guest artist he has performed for Phoenix Central Park, Festival Archipel Switzerland, Musica Viva Tasmania, Bangalow Music Festival, Orange Chamber Music Festival, Brisbane Music Festival and the Tallinn Chamber Music Festival among others.


Jonathan plays a 1994 14K gold Brannen-Cooper flute with a headjoint by Dana Sheridan.

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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

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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