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

Contemporary Music from Flanders - Composers at the LemmensinstituutContemporary Music from Flanders - Composers at the Lemmensinstituut (2005)
20th century
Piet Swerts, Dirk De Nef, Jan Hadermann, Kurt Bikkembergs, Hans Vervenne, Ludo Claesen, Peter Pieters, Jan Van Der Roost (...)
Meesterlijk - StrijkersMeesterlijk - Strijkers (2004)
20th century, romanticism, Baroque
Dejan Mijajev, Jerrold Rubenstein, France Springuel, Guido De Neve, Kris Van Severen, Ilja Laporev, Lode Leire, Leo De Neve (...)
ConfrontationsConfrontations (2004)
21st century / contemporary, World / Ethnic
Gert François, Filip Verheecken, Tom De Cock, Arne Lagatie, Ruben Vanden Broucke, Wim Henderickx
Meesterlijk - HoutblazersMeesterlijk - Houtblazers (2002)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century, classicism, Baroque
I SOLISTI, Hans de Jong, Jan Guns, Joris Van den Hauwe, Francis Pollet, Johan Rycken, Jan De Maeyer, The clarinet choir (...)
Les lauréats Prix Québec - Flandre (1988 - 2003)Les lauréats Prix Québec - Flandre (1988 - 2003) (2002)
20th century
Annelies Van Parys, Peter Swinnen, Wim Henderickx
Juniorenorkest van Jeugd en Muziek AntwerpenJuniorenorkest van Jeugd en Muziek Antwerpen (2001)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Luc Brewaeys, Wim Henderickx, Martin Valcke, Alex Van Beveren
Vierkant Muziek - 2001Vierkant Muziek - 2001 (2001)
Greetings from Mercury, Boenox, Flat Earth Society, Oxalys, Prometheus Ensemble, BL!NDMAN Collective, LOD, Spiegel Strijkkwartet (...)
IdentitiesIdentities (2000)
20th century
Arco Baleno, Lucien Posman, Frits Celis, Marc Matthys, Wim Henderickx, Piet Swerts, Roland Coryn
Compositieklas. Willem KerstersCompositieklas. Willem Kersters (2000)
20th century
Gaby Van Riet, Sophie Hallynck, Noëlle Schepens, Joris Van den Hauwe, Pieter Nuytten, Alain Craens, Koen Dejonghe, Wim Henderickx (...)
Works dedicated to I Solisti del VentoWorks dedicated to I Solisti del Vento (1999)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
I SOLISTI, Wim Henderickx, Frits Celis, Frédéric Devreese, Jan Van Landeghem

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