Photograph of Tom Henry by Terry Lane
Photo: Terry Lane

Tom Henry

Born in Melbourne, Tom Henry began his musical career as a flautist. After obtaining a Masters Degree in Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts, he embarked on a period of intensive overseas study with the French virtuoso Patrick Gallois.

After returning to Australia in 2002 he held a number of positions including Associate Principal Flute with Orchestra Victoria, and has since played as Guest Principal Flute with many ensembles including the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Pops Orchestra. He was a lecturer in flute at the University of Melbourne from 2006 to 2009.

In recent years he has become increasingly active as a composer. He completed his studies in harmony, counterpoint and composition with Lawrence Whiffin before undertaking further studies with Julian Yu, Elliott Gyger and Stuart Greenbaum. In 2007 he took part in the Australian Composers’ School under Richard Mills, where his arrangement of Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives op. 22, no.15, was performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. His Variations for orchestra in three movements (2009) won the APRA Prize in the 2010 3MBS National Composer Awards.

His works include Passage for string orchestra (2007), a Piano Trio commissioned by the Freshwater Trio in 2009, and a Song Cycle on Rilke’s Book of Images (“Das Buch der Bilder”) (2006), which received its first performance in 2009 by Tania Ferris (mezzo-soprano) and Jennifer McNamara (piano). His many works for piano include Piano Sonata (2006, rev. 2011), which was a Finalist in the American Liszt Society 2011 Bicentennial Composition Competition, and received its first performance by Michael Kieran Harvey for ASTRA Chamber Music Society in Melbourne in May 2011.

Recent works include Mystic (Homage to Franz Liszt) (2011) for organ, commissioned by the City of Melbourne for the Grand Organ of Melbourne Town Hall, Ancestors - Night Dances for orchestra (2011), for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Time is another river (seven fantasies on Spanish poems) (2012) for clarinet, cello and piano, which received its first performance by Syzygy Ensemble in July 2012.

Artist's website: tomhenry.com.au

Compositions by Tom Henry appear on

Astra 60

Composer

This CD captures a concert of Australian piano music given in celebration of Astra's support of Australian music and artists. For 60 years the Astra Chamber Music Society has presented new Australian music and Australian performers within a context of international new music developments, always informed by cultural perspectives.