The First Prize winner of the under 17 category of the 2018 Montreal Symphony Orchestra Manulife Competition, Canadian-American pianist/composer/violinist Henry From was named, by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as one of CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30 for 2019.
Recent performance highlights as a pianist include performing Beethoven’s concerto no. 3 and Ravel’s G major concerto in Vancouver, Canada, and Mozart’s piano Concerto no. 12 in Minneapolis. Henry has also performed, as a member of Trio Savyon, in Boston, Warsaw, Calgary, Israel, and at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival.
An enthusiastic composer, Henry has worked in collaboration with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Turning Point Ensemble, the Standing Wave ensemble, and numerous other chamber ensembles in British Columbia and Washington state. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra recently premiered his piece Isle of Pic, which won the 2020 Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition. His latest composition, for Wind Quintet, was premiered by members of the Seattle Symphony at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall in the summer of 2021.
Henry currently studies piano with Amanda Chan and composition with Edward Top at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and he has spent several blissful summers participating in the piano programs at Morningside Music Bridge (New England Conservatory of Music, Boston) and Orford Musique (Quebec). Henry began his music studies as a Suzuki violinist, at age three, with his first teacher, Sandra Payton. He started piano studies at age 5 in Teresa Ho’s group class at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and then went on to 7 years of private piano lessons with Donna Lee Leung. Henry got his start in composing at an early age and had one of his first pieces premiered by a string ensemble led by Rick Dorfer at age 7. His list of works now includes more than 60 compositions. Henry was awarded an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada) in 2017.