Duncan Henry

Savage, Minnesota

University of Minnesota, Master of Music, 2025
Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Artist Certificate, 2023
St. Olaf College, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts, 2022

Duncan Henry is a bassoonist who has studied under Fei Xie, Frank Morelli, and Mark Kelley. He won the National Federation for Music Clubs' Nelson Double Reed award in 2023 and is a frequent substitute bassoonist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He enjoys exercise, cooking, and walking and talking with friends.

What inspired you to become a musician?
I came upon music by accident after joining my middle school’s band program. Finding that I was good at learning music, I pursued it more seriously and music gave me more and more in return.

Who are your all-time favorite composers and/or pieces? Why?
Franz Liszt is one of my favorite composers – his piano sonata in B minor in particular is improvisatory, showy, deeply affecting, and colorful.

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
I also have a degree in computer science which is entirely unrelated to my music making!

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
I enjoy cooking and exercising when I am not making music.

Why did you choose the NRO?
I feel I haven’t been exposed to enough large-scale orchestral works in my time as a musician. The NRO’s focus on performing a large amount of repertoire is very appealing to me. I am glad I will get the chance to play with a high level of peer and make connections to other musicians at the same time.