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Alex Henery

Principal Double Bass


Born in England in 1966, Alex Henery moved to Australia with his family in 1979. He studied double bass at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (1985–1986) before moving to New York, and later Boston.

In 1989, he returned to the UK where he began his professional career, working initially with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He was offered the position of Co-Principal Bass in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1990 and, in 1992, took up the Co-Principal position with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. During his time in London, Alex Henery was also a regular guest principal with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and numerous chamber orchestras.

On his return to Australia in 1998, he was appointed Principal Double Bass with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly at various music festivals and has been featured as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra several times, performing works Bottesini’s Concerto for two double basses (with his colleague Kees Boersma), Bottesini’s Concerto No.2 and Tan Dun’s Wolf Totem concerto. He has also been a featured soloist with the Shanghai and Tasmanian symphony orchestras. In addition to his work with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Alex Henery is a lecturer in double bass at the Sydney Conservatorium.