“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
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 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, 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. In April 2020 Jonathan was appointed as a permanent member/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. He is also mentor and education coordinator for the Southern Cross Soloists' Next Gen Artists Program.
Jonathan has been invited to give masterclasses at the Latvian Academy of Music, University of Queensland School of Music, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Australian Institute of Music (Sydney), enjoying further teaching opportunities in his home town at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music and for the Newcastle Youth Orchestra.
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.
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).