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Henry Liang is a flute and piccolo player in the Royal Australian Navy Band, freelance shō performer, and the founder of the Mornington Music Series. Performing in Australia and abroad at official diplomatic ceremonies, music education programs, national sporting events, and public concerts, Henry's recent appearances include a tour of Germany as a soloist with the Chamber Philharmonia of Cologne, and public recitals in Sydney, Tokyo, and New York.
Born in Guangzhou, Henry began playing the Chinese bamboo flute (dizi) at the age of six and the Western silver flute at the age of eight. Shortly after his first taste of orchestral performance with the Guangzhou Youth Orchestra, Henry's family decided to move to Australia, where he continued to grow his passion for music under the guidance of inspirational educators such as Richard Gill, Steve Williams, and Alex Manton. After completing a Music performance degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Henry was awarded the Fellowship in Music, Australia (F.Mus.A), the most prestigious honour offered by the Australian Music and Examinations Board.
On September 16, 2013, Henry enlisted to join the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a Musician. Highlights of being a serving member of the RAN Band include performing at the Anzac Day commemorative dawn service in Villers-Bretonneux, flying on a Lockheed C-130 Hercules military aircraft to perform at the International Fleet Review
for Prime Minister Modi in India, sharing the stage with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games opening ceremony in Sydney, and playing the dizi on the RAN Band Album "Spirit of Place", paying tribute to the diverse and egalitarian Australian culture. Aside from his performing engagements, Henry is actively involved in the wider music community in various roles; He has 15 years of experience as a peripatetic teacher and conductor in various schools across Sydney, adjudicating and MC-ing at a diverse range of community music events, and served as the President of the Flute Society of New South Wales for three years.
In 2015, Henry was selected by Columbia University of New York to travel to Tokyo to study with world-renowned shō master Mayumi Miyata. The shō is a free-reed bamboo wind instrument first used in the Imperial Court music of Japan (Gagaku) during the 7th Century AD, and is currently listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. During the 8-week residency, Henry attended regular rehearsals with the Ono Gagaku Society, gave musical demonstrations in various tertiary institutions around Tokyo, and took part in traditional Samai dance lessons and other traditional Japanese cultural practices. This Japanese art immersion adventure culminated in a solo recital Tokyo, which featured the world premiere of two pieces composed for him during the residency by Japanese composer Chatori Shimizu and Thai composer Teetawat Boonchuailea. The following year, Henry was invited to New York to perform at the annual concert presented by The Institute of Medieval Japanese Studies at Columbia University, and presented a public concert at the New York National Opera Center with Broadway flautists Lish Lindsey and Todd Groves.
Along with shakuhachi master Bronwyn Kirkpatrick and former Principal Piccolo of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Rosamund Plummer, TrioBamboo was formed in 2018. Debuting at the 2019 Australian Flute Festival, TrioBamboo performs contemporary, traditional, and commissioned works for their unique blend of traditional Japanese bamboo instruments.