Wim Henderickx

Wim Henderickx

In memoriam Wim Henderickx

On Sunday afternoon, 18 December 2022, composer Wim Henderickx died unexpectedly at home at the age of 60.

Besides being a gifted composer, Wim was also a percussionist and taught at the conservatories of Antwerp and Amsterdam. Above all, he was probably the most enthusiastic artist Flanders ever had - his commitment to the various communities, to young artists and his open view of the world made him unique.

With his much too early passing, the Flemish and international cultural world loses a figurehead.  However, his impact and vision will not be lost and he will remain an inspiration for generations to come.

Wim Henderickx studied composition and percussion at the Royal Conservatoires of Antwerp (AP Hogeschool) and sonology at Ircam in Paris and at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

In his compositions, Wim drew inspiration from many cultures. He wrote works for opera, music theatre, orchestra, choir, wind orchestra and chamber music. Electronics often have an important place in his work. Between 2004 and 2010, he worked on his TANTRIC CYCLE. Commissioned by the Queen Elisabeth Competition, he composed CANZONE for voice and piano, for the semi-finals in 2008. In 2016, BLOSSOMINGS for choir, trumpet and electronics was premiered at LSO St Luke's in London with the BBC Singers, Marco Blaauw and conductor Martyn Brabbins. REQUIEM he created for Opera Ballet Flanders in 2017 in 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 in 2019. SONGS OF NATURE received an online world premiere at the 2021 Klara Festival, a live premiere in Shanghai in China, and in 2022 this production won the Chinese GanLan Art Award. In May 2022, his opera DE BEKEERLINGE (THE CONVERT) premiered at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in Antwerp and became the most successful contemporary production at this opera house in more than 20 years. This production can still be seen at the Opera de Rouen later this season and was featured on OperaVision.eu until December 2022.

Wim was house composer at Muziektheater Transparant since 1996, where he realised numerous musical theatre works and gained international recognition. In 2013, Wim Henderickx became artist in residence with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. He was also in residence at HERMESensemble. He was the inspirer of Soundmine, Musica Impulscentrum's summer course for young composers.


Photo: Filip Van Roe


Productions with Wim Henderickx

Production Function
The Convert - (Current season)Composition
Songs of Nature - (Current season)Composition
Songs of Nature China - (Current season)Composition
The Convert - (Season 2021-2022)Composition
Songs of Nature China - (Season 2021-2022)Composition
Songs of Nature - (Season 2021-2022)Composition
Songs of Nature - (Season 2020-2021)Composition
Revelations - (Season 2020-2021)Composition | Musical direction
Songs of Nature - (Season 2019-2020)Composition
Revelations - (Season 2019-2020)Composition | Musical direction
Revelations - (Season 2018-2019)Composition | Musical direction
Revelations - (Season 2017-2018)Percussion, Composition | Musical direction
Revelations - (Season 2016-2017)Percussion, Composition | Musical direction
Aquarius' Dream - (Season 2016-2017)Composition
The Queen without a country - (Season 2014-2015)Composition | Musical direction
Territoria - (Season 2013-2014)Composition
Territoria - (Season 2012-2013)Composition
Medea - (Season 2010-2011)Composition | Musical direction
Void - (Season 2008-2009)Musical direction, Composition