About Henry Dehlinger

Henry Dehlinger: Download High-Resolution ImageHailed by Gramophone Magazine for his “exquisite piano-playing” and “vibrantly colorful palette,” Henry Dehlinger is a celebrated composer, pianist, arranger and recording artist.

He has appeared on some of the world's leading concert stages from San Francisco's War Memorial and Performing Arts Center to the White House in Washington, D.C. He has appeared as featured soloist with The United States Army Chorus, special guest performer on Washington’s Embassy Row, and in concert for notable public officials, including the President of the United States and the Prince of Wales. ConcertoNet.com calls him "an experienced and versatile soloist." MusicWeb International praises his "delicious piano playing," and Audiophile Audition, his "adroit and sparkling" performances.

Widely acclaimed for his interpretation of Spanish piano works, in 2011, Dehlinger released his first album, Evocations of Spain, with selections from Isaac Albéniz's Suite Iberia and Suite española and Enrique Granados' Goyescas, 12 Danzas españolas and Seis piezas sobre cantos populares españoles. One reviewer called his performance, "the very best rendition of these pieces of music I have ever heard."

In 2014, Dehlinger released his second album, Canciones españolas, with international opera star Danielle Talamantes. Produced by Richard Price and engineered by Wayne Hileman of Candlewood Digital—renowned for their GRAMMY Award-winning work in classical music recording—Canciones was released on the MSR Classics label with a program of Spanish art songs and arias by Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla and Joaquín Turina. It was instantly hailed by critics as "ravishing, sensuous and discreetly dramatic," "a disc to savour," and "easily one of the best recordings of the year."

2015 marked the world premiere of Henry Dehlinger's The Mount, the first of a five-part American art song cycle composed by Dehlinger for Talamantes with text by conductor, choral musician and poet Mark Riddles. Based on Riddles' collection of sacred poems and commissioned by The Casement Fund, Dehlinger's The Mount received a resounding ovation at its New York City world premiere performance.

In 2016, Dehlinger released two new albums. On February 19th, the world premiere recording of Henry Dehlinger's The Mount, arrived on iTunes and Amazon. On May 17th, Heaven and Earth: A Duke Ellington Songbook, Dehlinger's third recording project with Ms. Talamantes and Messrs. Price and Hileman, was released by MSR. The highly-anticipated album features a luscious collection of brand new arrangements of Duke Ellington standards—and rarely recorded gems from Ellington's Sacred Concerts—written especially for Talamantes and marks Dehlinger's debut as a jazz arranger. On October 23rd, Dehlinger’s orchestral setting of The Mount made its world premiere at the Manchester Symphony Orchestra’s opening concert of its 78th season with Danielle Talamantes singing the soprano solo and Maestro Scott Humphries conducting. He is currently working on two new projects – a rhapsody for high voice and orchestra based on a poem by T. S. Eliot and a sacred choral work which will be sung in Hebrew.

Born in San Francisco, Henry Dehlinger started playing the piano at age six and singing at seven. His first mentor was the late conductor and choirmaster William "Doc" Ballard, Artistic Director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, whom Dehlinger credits for his early success. By the time he was eleven, Dehlinger had quickly earned a reputation as a prodigious talent, performing with major orchestras under conductors such as Riccardo Chailly and Edo de Waart and at the San Francisco Opera with operatic legends Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé and Georgio Tozzi. At twelve, Dehlinger became a pupil of renowned piano virtuoso Thomas LaRatta, founder of the Crestmont Conservatory of Music, with whom he continued his piano performance studies until Mr. LaRatta's death in 2016. He graduated from Santa Clara University where he studied history and piano.

Henry Dehlinger is a voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, organizer of the GRAMMY Awards, and lives between Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. with his wife, Lauren, and their Shetland Sheepdogs, Spy and Summer. His critically acclaimed recordings on the MSR label are available on Amazon, iTunes, ArkivMusic, MSR Music, Spotify, and other music stores and streaming sites.


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