Saturday, July 15, 2023

Henry Auxenfans | 1st Prize | Violin | 10th Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition

Henry Auxenfans, 15-year-old violinist, has been featured on NPR’s From the Top show 419 and WFMT 98.7’s Introductions multiple times. At age 10, he had his Carnegie Weill Hall debut, then performed there again at age 14. As a soloist, he has performed with the United States Marine Chamber Orchestra in Washington D.C., Chicago’s Civic Orchestra, Lakeview Symphony and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. Henry has been honored with multiple regional, national and international prizes, including First Prizes at the 2022 ‘The President’s Own’ United States Marine Band Concerto Competition, 2022 New York International Artists Association Competition, Lakeview Symphony Young Artist, 2022 & 2018 Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competitions, Enkor International, and second prize at the 2020 Arthur Grumiaux International Competition in Belgium. 

Furthermore, he was a 2023 National YoungArts Foundation winner in Classical Music. Henry was also the state winner of the Illinois Music Teachers National Association (MTNA); twice the regional winner of MTNA East Central region, and twice the National finalist of MTNA. In 2023, Henry was also a finalist playing the Tchaikovsky violin concerto at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Crain-Maling Foundation Young Artists competition. Currently, Henry is the Concertmaster of the CYSO’s Chamber Orchestra and its flag-ship orchestra (Symphony Orchestra), a role he has occupied for several seasons. He recently performed extensive Concertmaster solos in Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben during their November 2022 concert. 

Besides orchestral and solo playing, Henry is also a passionate chamber musician; he is part of the Plymouth Quartet and University of Chicago Laboratory School’s Beethoven/ Brahms/ Dvorak Trios. Henry has performed in many prestigious venues, such as the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Symphony Center, Logan Center and Carnegie Hall. In addition, he has been invited to perform the national anthem solo numerous times with the NBA Chicago Bulls at the United Center in front of 20,000 fans. Henry is a student of Frank Almond, and his chamber coaches include Lawrence Newman and Hsing-Huei Huang. In the past few summers, he attended several prestigious summer festivals with merit scholarships, such as Morningside Music Bridge and Tanglewood Music Festival and he was accepted to the Perlman Music Program and 2023 NYO-USA.  He has participated in masterclass with Paul Huang, Noah Bendix-Bagley, Peter Zazofsky, Nikki Chooi and more.  

Ysaÿe: Caprice d'après l’Étude en forme de Valse de Saint-Saëns (8:26)

Glazunov Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 82, 1st movement --  (6:54"")