Henry Dehlinger


Composer Henry Dehlinger

Henry Dehlinger is an American composer of contemporary classical music notable for its stylistic diversity and rich instrumental textures. Gramophone Magazine hails him for his “vibrantly colorful palette” and “exquisite piano-playing.” Audiophile Audition calls his musical output, "formidably essential listening!"

His compositional style is rooted in polystylism, a growing trend in 21st century classical music. Dehlinger sketches out discernible themes and recurring motifs, combining elements from different musical styles or genres that reflect the libretto he is setting to music and the emotional responses he means to elicit. These richly harmonized phrases and rhythms are then woven into a coherent aural tapestry.

His personal musical language is evident in his latest opus: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, a brand-new adaptation of T. S. Eliot’s seminal poem. Composed for the voice of soprano Danielle Talamantes, Dehlinger's sweeping rhapsody for voice and orchestra suggests the symphonic American vernacular of composers like Howard Hanson, Samuel Barber, and Leonard Bernstein.

His sensitive arrangements of the Duke Ellington Songbook, with their melodic lines and stylish vocal and piano writing throughout, are equally lauded. Audiophile Audition calls them, “stunningly superb, each and every one." Fanfare Magazine describes them as, "superbly judged, from the lyricism through to the stride,” and concludes, "Dehlinger's own arrangement expands the envelope of the original to a more intense experience."

A celebrated pianist, Dehlinger has appeared on leading stages throughout the United States, from the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco to the White House. ConcertoNet.com describes him as "an experienced and versatile soloist." MusicWeb International praises his "delicious piano playing," and Audiophile Audition, his "adroit and sparkling" performances.

He has appeared as featured soloist with The United States Army Chorus, guest performer on Washington’s Embassy Row, and in concert for dignitaries, including the President of the United States and the Prince of Wales.

Dehlinger won wide acclaim as a masterful interpreter of Spanish music. In 2011, he released his first album, Evocations of Spain, featuring a selection of piano works from Iberia and Chants d'Espagne by Isaac Albéniz and Goyescas and Twelve Spanish Dances by Enrique Granados. He followed that up with Canciones españolas: Granados, Falla, Turina (2014), Heaven and Earth: A Duke Ellington Songbook (2016), and The Mount (2016), his first original composition that was commissioned by The Casement Fund and received a resounding ovation at its New York world premiere.

Born in San Francisco, he grew up studying piano and voice. His first mentors were the late conductor and choirmaster Dr. William Ballard, artistic director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, and piano virtuoso Thomas LaRatta, founder of the Crestmont Conservatory of Music, both of whom he credits for his early success. Dehlinger earned a reputation as a prodigious talent, performing with major orchestras under conductors such as Riccardo Chailly and Edo de Waart and enchanting audiences with inspired interpretations of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F.

Dehlinger is an MSR Classics recording artist and voting member of The Recording Academy—organizer of the GRAMMY® Awards—and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).

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Henry Dehlinger

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Henry Dehlinger

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