"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
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. Whilst in Estonia he performed regularly as a guest principal flute with the Turku Philharmonic and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestras (Finland), and most recently as guest principal flute with the Opera Australia Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. He has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Nordic Symphony Orchestra and MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Richard Tognetti, Klaus Mäkelä and Leif Segerstam. 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 2019, Jonathan chose to move back to his home country Australia, where he is now based in Sydney. A regular recitalist and chamber musician, his solo performances have been hailed by Limelight Magazine as “assured, eloquent and impressive”, possessing “a level of virtuoso-control rarely heard”. Soon after returning home, 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. Jonathan has enjoyed close collaborations in Australia with Slava Grigoryan (guitar), Miroslav Petkov (trumpet), Alex Raineri (piano) and Emily Granger (harp), and abroad with Carlos Sanchis Aguirre (piano) and Domenica Musumeci (harp).
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, Craven Creek Music Festival and Arts in the Valley. 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. Passionate about performing and commissioning Australian compositions, Jonathan has given world premiere performances including works by Gerard Brophy, Lisa Cheney and Tristan Coelho. As curator, Jonathan founded Contra Concerts in 2021, a new chamber music series in Queensland.
Jonathan is first prize winner of the James Carson Memorial Flute Prize (2009, Australia) and together with pianist Miyuki Ishii, was a finalist of the Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition (2015, 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 (2015-2019); 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 been a guest lecturer for 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. From 2019–2021 he directed the Southern Cross Soloists' Next Gen Young 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 (2015-2019). 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.