B I O G R A P H Y
Jonathan Henderson trained with Europe’s leading flute professors and has carved out a multifaceted musical career spanning from Australia to the Nordic countries. 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 Ian Potter Cultural Trust, DAAD, Foundation for Young Australians and Archimedes Foundation.
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. He has appeared as a guest principal flute with the Turku 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 and Leif Segersterm. Orchestral engagements and recitals have seen him perform in concert halls and opera houses in Australia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal and England, performing at the Lucerne Festival, Tallinn Chamber Music Festival, Audi Sommerkonzerte and BBC Proms.
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. He has also appeared as soloist with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Estonian National Opera Orchestra. In Australia, Jonathan has performed as guest artist at the Craven Creek and Brisbane Music Festivals, and appears regularly as an associate artist with the Southern Cross Soloists. Jonathan has been invited to give masterclasses at the Latvian Academy of Music, University of Queensland School of Music and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, enjoying further teaching opportunities in his home town at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music and for the Newcastle Youth Orchestra, as well as assisting as mentor for the Southern Cross Soloists' Next Gen Artists Program in 2019.
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. His recently published thesis 'Rehearsal Strategies Towards Ensemble Cohesion: Performing the Sonatine for Flute and Piano by Pierre Boulez', holds a magnifying glass over the inner workings of small ensemble playing, addressing cohesion-related aspects of chamber music performance often overlooked in mainstream music education.
2020 engagements include performing as associate artist with the Southern Cross Soloists, guest artist at the Bangalow Music Festival and an Australian recital tour with harpist Emily Granger.
Born in Newcastle, Australia, Jonathan completed his early musical training at the Queensland Conservatorium (Australia), followed by further performance studies at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Germany) and the Haute École de Musique Genève (Switzerland). He is an alumnus of the Lucerne Festival Academy, Australian Youth Orchestra, AISOI (Australia), and the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia. His principal teachers include Gerhard Mallon and Sally Walker (Australia), Felix Renggli (Germany) and Jacques Zoon (Switzerland).