Wim Henderickx

Category:componist, docent, hedendaagse componist, koor
17.03.1962 - 18.12.2022
Genre(s):21ste eeuw / hedendaags, 20ste eeuw


Wim Henderickx (1962-2022) was a Belgian/Flemish composer. He studied compositon and percussion at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp and sonology at Ircam in Paris and at the Conservatoire of Music in The Hague.

Many of his works were influenced by oriental music and philosophy. He wrote works for opera, music theatre, orchestra, choirs, windband and chamber music. Electronics were often an important feature in his music. Following a journey around India and Nepal he composed the TANTRIC CYCLE. Commissioned by the Queen Elisabeth Competition, he composed CANZONE for voice and piano, for the semi finals of the 2008 edition. In October 2016 BLOSSOMINGS for choir, trumpet and electronics premiered at LSO St Luke's in London with the BBC Singers, Marco Blaauw (trumpet) and Martyn Brabbins (conductor). REQUIEM was commissioned by Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in 2017, a collaboration with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. CELLO CONCERTO (Sangita) premiered with Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra at the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam and ENIGMA VII for orchestra premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in London. SONGS OF NATURE received an online world premiere at the Klarafestival 2021 in Brussels, a live premiere in Shanghai in China and in 2022 this production won the prestigious Chinese GanLan Art Award. In May 2022 his opera THE CONVERT (De bekeerlinge) premiered at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in Antwerp and became the most succesful contemporary production in this opera house in more than 20 years. To be watched on OperaVision.eu till January 2023.

He has been COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE at Muziektheater Transparant since 1996 and in 2013 he joined the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra as ARTIST IN RESIDENCE.

The 3 RAGAS were recorded in 1999 with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Grant Llewellyn. The CD TEJAS & OTHER ORCHESTRAL WORKS was released by the same orchestra in 2011 and was conducted by Martyn Brabbins. The full CDs DISAPPEARING IN LIGHT (2011) and TRIPTYCH (2015) were developed in collaboration with the HERMESensemble & Jorrit Tamminga (electronics).
The 2016 DOUBLE CD was released by the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, containing SYMPHONY No.1GROOVE! and the solo + orchestral version of EMPTY MIND I. In 2018 Boho Strings and conductor David Ramael recorded the NOSTALGIA CD with five of Wim Henderickx’s works for string orchestra. REVELATIONS was released in 2021 with  HERMESensemble, Vlaams Radiokoor, soprano Lore Binon and Muziektheater Transparant.

Wim Henderickx's scores are published by NORSK MUSIKFORLAG, Oslo.

Wim Henderickx was professor of composition at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp and at the Conservatoire in Amsterdam. He was also the main coach on the annual SOUNDMINE Summer Composition Course for young composers, organised by Musica, Impulse Centre for Music.

He received numerous awards, such as the Prize for Contemporary Music Flanders-Québec in 1993. In 2006 he was nominated for the Flanders Culture Prizes and in 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Lier (BE), his birthplace. He was appointed as a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium (KVAB) for Science and the Arts in 2015. Nominated for the Prize 'Composer of the Year' in 2017 by the Norwegian Music Publisher's Society in the Classical / Contemporary music series.


Selective discography

TriptychTriptych (2014)
21st century / contemporary
HERMESensemble, Wim Henderickx, Wim Henderickx

Selectieve discografie als componist

Wim HenderickxWim Henderickx (2011)
21st century / contemporary
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Wim Henderickx, Martyn Brabbins
deFilharmonie - Royal Flemish PhilharmonicdeFilharmonie - Royal Flemish Philharmonic (2011)
romanticism, 20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Wim Henderickx, Edo de Waart, Richard Strauss
Disappearing in lightDisappearing in light (2011)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century
HERMESensemble, Wim Henderickx
Kicking sawdustKicking sawdust (2010)
21st century / contemporary
Houthandel Antwerpen, Wim Henderickx, Luciano Berio, Sam Vloemans
CantabileCantabile (2008)
20th century
Stéphane Vande Ginste, Tom De Haes, Ludo Claesen, Bert Van Herck, Peter Thys, Geert D'hollander, Bernard Baert, Stefaan De Lange (...)
Klara4Kids   Prinsen en prinsessenKlara4Kids Prinsen en prinsessen (2008)
Childrens music
Jan Van Outryve, Wim Henderickx
From Io to DandiFrom Io to Dandi (2008)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century
Belgian Brass, Dirk Brossé, Jan Van Landeghem, Jan Van Der Roost, Wim Henderickx
Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd Singing 2008Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd Singing 2008 (2008)
Symfonisch orkest van de Muntschouwburg, Wim Henderickx, Kazushi Ono
Olek schoot een beerOlek schoot een beer (2006)
21st century / contemporary
Otto Derolez, Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Ward Hoornaert, Dominique Vanhaegenberg, Gert François, Wim Henderickx
In deep silenceIn deep silence (2005)
20th century
Raphaella Smits, Wim Henderickx, Walter Owe, Leo Brouwer

Related Items

News:Première hoboconcerto 'Empty Minds I' van Wim Henderickx en deFilharmonie (04.11.2014)
Klanksculptuur van componist Wim Henderickx op de Tuikabelbrug (01.10.2014)
Maart = Creatiemaand (25.02.2014)
Internationale stage Compositie & Klankkunst (14.05.2013)
Muziekhogescholen vieren jarige Posman en Henderickx (13.03.2012)
Creatie eerste symfonie van Wim Henderickx (28.02.2012)
Compositiestage met Wim Henderickx (25.05.2011)
OPERA XXI presenteert drie wereldcreaties (12.05.2011)
Vier wereldcreaties van Wim Henderickx (07.02.2011)
10 jaar Compositiestage met Wim Henderickx (30.06.2009)
Documents:Contemporary Music in Flanders III (book)
Het Oosten in de composities van Wim Henderickx (thesis)
Contemporary Music in Flanders V (book)
Muzikale Geletterdheid - Over Muziekeducatie (brochure)
External links:Matrixpagina van Wim Henderickx