Currently composing three pieces for the dedication of the Basilique-Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde et Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur in Montreal, which will take place on October 13, 2017, Henrique Coe is also pursuing a doctoral degree in composition at the University of Toronto, studying with Norbert Palej and Christos Hatzis. Henrique had his composition “Maris Stella” premiered by the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in the final of the competition “Tinta Fresca” in 2017 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In this same year, his piece “Defend us in Battle” was premiered by the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra in Windsor, Canada.
He previously studied in Montreal with Alan Belkin and in Brazil with Armando Lôbo. While maintaining a more traditional language, Henrique combines medieval sonority, tonal and modal harmonies and more contemporary techniques. The style of some of his compositions, especially choral pieces, could be described as new early music, a continuation of early music with some new harmonic ideas. His works include a symphony for orchestra and choir, a string quartet, a wind quintet, a piano trio, among others. In 2016, he was the composer in residence of the University of Toronto Chamber Orchestra.
His piece “Filius Prodigus”, for bass clarinet solo, was performed at the “Panorama da Música Brasileira Atual” in November 2016 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) by Thiago Tavares. As a resident composer of the Women’s Chamber Choir of the University of Toronto, he wrote a piece on the text of Alma Redemptoris Mater, premiered in April 2016 under the conduction of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt. In his residence at Ensemble Kô and Choeur de Jeunes de l’École des Jeunes de l’Université de Montréal, he composed a piece for two choirs on the text of Psalm 150, premiered in May 2014 under the conduction of Tiphaine Legrand.
Henrique also worked as a teacher and a performer, having played saxophone with the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira Jovem and flute with the Coral Arquidiocesano de Niterói (Brazil). He developed his music skills at the symphonic band of the Salesian school in Niterói, in which he played for several years. Henrique was also the founder conductor of the youth choir Pequenos Cantores de São Judas Tadeu in Niterói. In Brazil, he also taught for a short period in primary schools. At university, Henrique was a Teaching Assistant in Harmony, Counterpoint and Ensemble at the Conservatório Brasileiro de Música and he is currently a Teaching Assistant of Music Theory I at the University of Toronto.