Lier (Belgium), 19622022

Born in Lier in 1962, Wim Henderickx completed his studies at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music in Antwerp where he earned several premiers prix, in percussion, harmony, counterpoint, fugue, and composition. He later taught musical composition and analysis at the Antwerp Conservatory and at the Lemmens Institut in Leuven. He also worked for a number of years as a tympanist for the Beethoven Academy and the Ensemble Eugène Ysaÿe.

Henderickx’s œuvre includes chamber and orchestral music as well as opera. A recipient of a number of awards, his recent distinctions include the Jeugd-en Muziekprijs Vlaanderen (The Flemish Youth and Music Prize) and the triennial E. Baie I 1997-1999 from the Province of Antwerp.

Following a period of atonal composition in the style of the Second Viennese School, and an artistic obsession for rhythm influenced by Igor Stravinsky, Henderickx turned in 1989 to oriental and other cultural ethnicities, producing a cycle entitled Raga, inspired by Indian melody. In March 2000, his opera Triumph of Spirit Over Matter, commissioned by Music Theatre Transparant, was premiered by the Koninklijk Filharmonisch Orkest van Vlaanderen (The Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra) under the direction of Grant Llewellyn, with soloists Gert François and Leo De Neve.