André Henry was born in 1969 in the south of France, and at the age of 12, he began to play the trumpet.There was no teacher in the small village where he lived, but he was able to listen to recordings of the famous trumpet player, Maurice André, and those recordings became Mr. Henry’s first ‘teacher.’
Seven years later, he met Mr. Jacques Jarmasson and, after just one year of studies at the Conservatoire National de Musique d’Avingon, he received theFirst Prize in Trumpet, by unanimous decision (1987).One year later, he received the First Prize for Cornet(1988).
The year 1991 was very important for Mr. Henry, for it was then that he met Mr. Pierre Dutot, professor of Trumpet at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique of LYON.Mr. Dutot convinced André to take part in the most prestigious national and international competitions.André Henry’s prize record is impressive:
-1 Prize at the National Conservatory of LYON
-1st Prize at the National Virtuoso Hopeful’s Competition of the Kiwanis Club of Lyon
- 1st Prize for trumpet at the RHONE ALPES Competition
- 1st Prize at the International Wind Instruments Competition in TOULON
- Best Prize at the International Philip Jones Competition and Special Prize for Best Interpretation of Contemporary Music Works
- 1st Prize at the INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL EXECUTION COMPETITION OF GENEVA in 1996, 35 years after Maurice André.
After earning these prizes, Mr. Henry performed as a soloist in prestigious concerts in many countries around the world, including: Russia, China, Japan, Taiwan, United States, Brazil, Venezuela, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Canada, France, Poland, Belgium and Macedonia. Some of the ensembles with which he was featured, include: I Solisti Veneti, Ensemble Orchestra de Paris, Hannover Chamber Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Symphonic Orchestra, Porto Alegre Symphonic Orchestra, Venezuela Chamber Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra and The Nation Symphonic Orchestra in Germany. Many composers have written for André Henry: Vicente Roncero (Spain), Marc Stekart (France), Arthur Barbosa (Brazil), and Ivan Jevtic (France).
As a guest professor, Mr. Henry has taught at Conservatoire de Paris, Porto Alegre Music University, Valencia National Music Conservatory, Frantz Litz Music Academy Warsaw, Porto Music Conservatory, Macedonian Music School, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music, Shiga Summer Music Camp, Osaka College of Music, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Tokyo College of Music, Kunitachi College of Music, Toho College of Music, Beijing Central Music Conservatory, Canton Music University, Shanghai Music University, ITG New York 2000.
In 1999, Andre Henry received the APTITUDE CERTIFICATE OF MUSIC TEACHING from the French Ministry of Culture, the equivalent of a Master’s Degree. From 1996 to 2000 Andre Henry taught at the Conservatories of Nantes and Lyon.
From 1993 to 2000, André Henry was the Principal Trumpet of The PAYS DE LA LOIRE National Symphonic Orchestra in Nantes; since 2001 Mr. Henry is the Guest Principal Trumpet of the China Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 1996, Mr. Henry has played exclusively on STOMVI trumpets. He is also the Collection Director for the Billaudot Edition in Paris.
He also started his career in Japan as a guest professor of Tokyo College of Music in April 2010, as a teacher of Kunitachi College of Music in April 2011, and as a guest professor of Soai University in April 2013.
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