Henrik Wiese biography
Flautist Henrik Wiese is descended from a merchant's family from the city of Hamburg, but he was born in Vienna in 1971. He received his musical education from Ingrid Koch-Dörnbrak and Paul Meisen. In addition he took his degree in Indo-European and general linguistics as well as in musicology at the Ludwig Maximilians university in Munich.
Henrik Wiese won prizes in several competitions, such as in the German National Music Competition (1995), and in the international competitions of the city of Kobe/Japan (1997), Markneukirchen/Germany (1998), Odense/Denmark (1998), and Munich/Germany (2000).
As a substitute he gathered first experience in orchestra playing at Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and their former chief conductor Sergiu Celebidache. From 1995 to 2006 he was principal flautist at Bavarian State Opera in Munich (chief conductor Zubin Mehta). Since 2006 Henrik Wiese is principal flautist at Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (chief conductor Mariss Jansons).
Henrik Wiese is a synesthete, i.e. he hears colours. The rare gift of nature is an important source of musical inspiration to him. He played flute concertos not only with the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, but also with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hanover, Polish Chamber Philharmony, Prague Chamber Orchestra, and Munich Chamber Orchestra. In summer 2011 Henrik Wiese was artist in residence at the prestigious Bach festival in Ansbach/Germany. In autumn 2011 he was for the second time on tour in India. His widespread musical activity is particularly established by chamber music recordings.
Besides the modern Boehm flute Henrik Wiese plays the baroque Traverso flute, too. With this instrument he can be heard in L'accadémia giocosa.