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Flute Masterclass With Jonathan Henderson

July 2, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Flute Tree presents a masterclass with flautist Jonathan Henderson, former-principal flute of the Estonian National Opera, and since 2021, guest principal flute with the Opera Australia Orchestra. The masterclass will afford the opportunity to observe him working with talented students, workshopping flute repertoire and orchestral excerpts. Following this, Jonathan will present a one-hour recital with pianist Szu Yu Chen.

The recital pairs two of J.S. Bach’s inventive flute sonatas with striking, virtuosic modern works; Olivier Messiaen’s vivid Le Merle Noir (The Blackbird) and Jonathan Harvey’s Run Before Lightning.

Jonathan Henderson (b.1987) trained with Europe’s leading flute professors and has carved out a multifaceted performance career from Australia to the Nordic countries. Between 2012 and 2019 he was principal flautist of the Estonian National Opera Orchestra. As guest principal, he has performed with the Turku and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestras in Finland, the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and the Opera Australia Orchestra. He has also been invited to perform with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Nordic Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra among others. Maintaining a special interest in chamber music, Jonathan is the founder and artistic director of Contra Concerts and flautist with the Australian Debussy Trio. From 2013-2016 he directed the New Theatre Ensemble in Estonia and from 2019-2022 performed as a member of the Southern Cross Soloists. After completing his early musical training at the Queensland Conservatorium with Gerhard Mallon and privately with Sally Walker, Jonathan continued his studies in Germany with Felix Renggli at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and in Switzerland with Jacques Zoon at the Haute École de Musique Genève. In 2018 he completed his Doctoral Studies (PhD) at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

The Artists: Jonathan Henderson, flute/ Szu Yu Chen, piano

The Programme: JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Flute Sonata in A major BWV 1032/ Flute Sonata in E minor BWV 1034

OLIVIER MESSIAEN Le Merle Noir (1952)

JONATHAN HARVEY Run Before Lightning (2002)

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