Trained by the master of the classical guitar Andres Segovia, Eric Henderson is a guitar virtuoso and composer who covers a vast repertoire with technical mastery and passionate delivery. He has performed internationally.
In 1971 at the age of 13, Eric was one of the only 3 people to receive the honor of being invited to study privately with Segovia.
Henderson also studied guitar with Christopher Parkening, Angel Romero, Ernesto Bitetti, Emilio Pujol and Antonia Morales. He studied Baroque interpretation with Ton Koopman and Henk Dekker, and guitar music theory and composition with Aureo Herrero. While in Spain he also had the privilege of studying with the composer Federico Moreno Torroba, perfecting the interpretation of Torroba’s “Sonatina in A” and “Madronos”.
After eleven European and nine U.S. tours over the next ten years, Eric returned to his hometown of Laguna Beach, California where he began composing his own pieces and becoming one of the world’s most acclaimed educators of the classical guitar.
Over the last 20 years, Henderson has performed 20 tours across Europe and the United States. He has played in the famous Concert Gebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London and Ateneo in Madrid as well as many other halls in the United States, Germany, Spain, France, the Soviet Union, Australia and Japan.
His composition “Faces” was featured in the movie Surfers and later became the title track for the album produced by JVC Music. Henderson has released nine albums, including Castilian Nights, Faces, Cathedral Heights, All My Soul, Encore, Guitarra, In the Spanish Tradition and Notes.
Eric has always been an innovator. While he has deep respect for tradition he understands that the best way to show that respect is to progress the art form, sometimes into unconventional areas. He has relentlessly experimented with new directions for his instrument to express new colors. His 2015 album Turned Up is the first of its kind, electric guitar performances of classical and original works. In concert he often plays his arrangements of rock classics, such as “Paint it Black” by the Rolling Stones or “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix.
Henderson sees no difference between genres, but filters all genres through his own consciousness and dedication to the artform. Eric says, “To serve the music with all my integrity and artistry is my sincerest aspiration.”
Watch for Eric’s new album: “EMBRACE”
Eric’s new project, collaborating with producer/composer/arranger Richard Niles, will cross new boundaries and break new barriers. The album will feature Eric’s arrangements of compositions by Bach and Beethoven alongside six of his own compositions.. Joining Eric on this new musical adventure are Ian Palmer on drums and Mark Egan on electric bass.
Ian Palmer was inspired by his uncle Carl (Emerson Lake & Palmer) and, like Eric, was acclaimed as a virtuoso in his teens when he won many awards including Young Jazz Musician of the Year. Mark Egan’s unique fretless bass conception has made him one of the most respected and in-demand musicians. With three platinum and three gold albums, Mark was a member of the original Pat Metheny Group. The album “Embrace” is well named because Eric Henderson has always embraced music and held it close to his heart with passion and dedication. Eric says, “To be involved with such great artists is a dream come true. Richard Niles has done something only a world-class producer/arranger can accomplish. He has found and focused my true voice. I feel I am discovering who I am for the first time. I can’t wait for people to hear this exciting new sound.”
Embrace is released October 2017 – tour dates TBA.