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 till January 2023.

He has been ARTIST 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.1, GROOVE! 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 MUSIKKFORLAG, 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.

Diederik Glorieux was Wim's musical assistant for twenty years and Jorrit Tamminga developed the electronics for many projects. Wim's wife Bea Steylaerts was his business and practical assistant since 2004.

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.

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