Wim Henderickx

Wim Henderickx studied composition and percussion at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp and sonology at Ircam in Paris and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

Many of his works are influenced by other cultures. From 2004 to 2010 he wrote the Tantric Cycle, a seven-part cycle based on Eastern philosophy and Buddhism. His works have been performed by major ensembles and orchestras in Belgium and abroad. Electronics feature regularly in his compositions.

In 1996 Wim Henderickx was appointed composer-in-residence for Muziektheater Transparant, and in 2013 he joined the deFilharmonie (Antwerp Symphony Orchestra) as artist-in-residence. He was commissioned to write Canzone for voice and piano for the 2008 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels. A CD with his 3 Ragas was released in 1999 by the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, with Grant Llewellyn as the conductor. 2011 saw the release of the CD Tejas & other orchestral works, recorded by the same orchestra under the baton of Martyn Brabbins. The CDs Disappearing in Light (2011) and Tryptich (2015) were the result of a collaboration with the HERMESensemble and Jorrit Tamminga (electronics). In 2016, the new double album with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra was released to international acclaim, receiving five stars in BBC Music Magazine, and being selected as Critic’s choice in Gramophone.

In March 2017, Symphony N°2 (Aquarius’ Dream) had its world premiere in a performance by the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra with soprano Claron McFadden, conducted by Thierry Fischer. Revelations, commissioned by Muziektheater Transparant, was premiered at the  Opera21 Festival in deSingel in Antwerp in April 2017, and in March-April 2017 the ballet production Requiem, commissioned by Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in collaboration with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkoui, was performed twelve times in Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges.

Wim Henderickx received the International Prize for Contemporary Music Flanders-Québec (1993) and the Eugène Baie I Award (1999). In 2002 he became Laureate of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium and in 2006 he was nominated for the Flanders Culture Prizes. In 2011 he received the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at his birthplace Lier (B). In 2015 he was appointed member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

Wim Henderickx teaches composition at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He is also the main teacher of the annual SoundMine Summer Composition Camp at Musica in Neerpelt (B).

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