"This virtuosic piece allowed Jonathan to showcase a rich range of flute timbres. Jonathan’s flute soared. He mastered the challenging articulations and phrasing with drama, speed and accuracy. Throughout the piece, Jonathan and pianist Alex Raineri performed with balance and emotional sensitivity."
– The Creative Issue, June 2021
“Les Folies d’Espagne gave Henderson a solo opportunity to display the breadth of his capabilities...The paradox of playing complex notated music while also embracing a sense of spontaneity was balanced to great effect here, a level of virtuoso-control rarely heard.”
– Loud Mouth: The Music Trust Ezine, March 2020
“The performers and audience were gifted with a rewarding acoustic, an ideal soundstage for Jonathan Henderson’s fluid and assured performance of Bach’s Partita. His eloquence in exploring Bach’s syntax, swift fingering shifts, wide leaps with scarcely time to breathe was impressive. Animated phrasing and lively representation of the buoyant rhythmical stretches delighted the crowd and his tone gathered even more lustre and depth as he journeyed through the expressive, sighing Sarabande.”
– Limelight Magazine, December 2019
“Ross Edwards’ Nura, a two-musician work for flute and piano ... allowed flautist Jonathan Henderson to capture the early morning sounds of the Blue Mountains with exquisite control"
– Stage Whispers, November 2019
B I O G R A P H Y
Flutist Jonathan Henderson trained with Europe’s leading flute professors and has carved out a multifaceted performance career spanning from Australia to the Nordic countries.
Jonathan was appointed Principal Flute of the Estonian National Opera Orchestra at age twenty-four, whilst still a student at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. During his seven year tenure, he performed over forty opera and ballet productions and appeared as concerto soloist with the orchestra. He has appeared as a guest principal flute with the Turku Philharmonic and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestras (Finland), and has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Nordic Symphony Orchestra and MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi and Leif Segersterm. Orchestral engagements and recitals have seen him perform in concert halls in Australia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal and England, performing at the Lucerne Festival, Tallinn Chamber Music Festival (Estonia), Festival Archipel (Switzerland), Audi Sommerkonzerte and BBC Proms.
In 2020 Jonathan was appointed as flute soloist with one of Australia's most celebrated chamber ensembles, the Southern Cross Soloists, after appearing regularly with the group as Associate Artist in their 2019 QPAC Subscription Series. During his tenure with 'SXS', Jonathan has enjoyed close collaborations with Slava Grigoryan, Miroslav Petkov, Amalia Hall and Alex Raineri.
As concerto soloist, Jonathan gave the world premiere of a new flute concerto composed for him by Australian composer Lisa Cheney, commissioned by the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. In a live broadcast on the Estonian Public Radio (ERR) 'Klassikaraadio', Jonathan performed as soloist in the world premiere of Lepo Sumera's 'To The Harmony' with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. In Australia Jonathan has performed as guest artist at Phoenix Central Park, Brisbane Music Festival, BLEACH* Festival and the Craven Creek Music Festival. He has appeared as guest flutist with the Australian Piano Quartet, Ensemble Q, Limpinwood Ensemble and as a performer for the 1:1 CONCERTS Australia social initiative. As flutist and curator, Jonathan founded ContraConcerts, a new chamber music series in Queensland.
Jonathan is first prize winner of the James Carson Memorial Flute Prize (Australia) and together with pianist Miyuki Ishii, was a finalist of the Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition (Poland). He is a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Australia Council for the Arts, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, DAAD, Foundation for Young Australians and Archimedes Foundation.
A published author in the artistic research field, Jonathan holds a PhD in Music from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre; his research investigating the relationship between rhythmic cohesion and artistic interpretation in small chamber ensemble playing. Jonathan has been engaged as an external tutor for the Australian National Academy of Music and Musica Viva, and has given masterclasses at the Latvian Academy of Music, University of Queensland School of Music, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Institute of Music. He is also the current mentor to the Southern Cross Soloists' Next Gen Artists Program.
Born in Newcastle, Jonathan completed his early musical training in Australia at the Queensland Conservatorium (2005-2008), followed by further performance studies in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (2010-2012) and in Switzerland at the Haute École de Musique Genève (2015-2018). He is an alumnus of the Lucerne Festival Academy, Australian Youth Orchestra, AISOI (Australia), and the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia. His principal teachers were Gerhard Mallon, Sally Walker, Felix Renggli and Jacques Zoon.