Born: January 19, 1984 Primary Instrument: Harmonica
New York City based Musician, Composer and Educator Yvonnick Prene has performed around the world in places such as Switzerland, Paris, Los Angeles, West Indies, New York, Berlin and festivals including the Bern Jazz Festival, Lamentin Jazz Fest, Marciac Jazz Festival, CUNY Jazz Festival and Jazz on Ubaye.
He has also appeared at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, Manhattan Center, Fat Cat, Miller Theater, Cornelia Street Cafe, Sunset Jazz Club, Duc des Lombards and The Iridium.
Influenced by harmonicists such as Stevie Wonder, Toots Thielemans, and Gregoire Maret, Yvonnick stepped out on his own to conquer his own voice on the harmonica. ...
“....we find a young phenom determine to take the harmonica to a new sense of
melodic intensity, dynamic tension and improvisational techniques missing from
the instrument on a consistent basis for years...Jour de Fête is a happy record,
brimming with an effervescent quality that accentuates the sublime artistic gift of
Prené...In short, Prené is the real deal....” (Brent Black – CriticalJazz.com)
Yvonnick Prené is an award-winning French jazz harmonicist and a recording
artist. Yvonnick has garnered numerous awards that showcase his abilities as a
performer and a composer. Among those he was awarded the first prize of
"Trophées du Sunside" in Paris with the Scott Tixier Group 2007, he was selected
to participate to the highly competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency
Program in Washington D.C, 2011. Moreover he was the first harmonica player to
have been chosen to audition for the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute in
Los Angeles. The jury included Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heat,
Kenny Burrell and James Newton among others jazz legends.
Yvonnick was also awarded multiple full-tuition scholarships at The City College
of New York, (MICEFA, 2007), Columbia University (Alliance Program, 2008) and
at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (Merit-Based Scholarship,
2009) where he had the opportunity to study with Lee Konitz, Reggie
Washington, John Patittuci, Peter Bernstein, Charles Persip and Kevin Hays among
He earned in 2011 a Master’s degree in Music and Research at the Sorbonne
University and a Bachelor of Fine Art from The New School.
He has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Manu
Katche, Nate Smith, Ira Coleman, Ben Street, Laurent de Wilde, Alexandre Tassel,
Cyrille Aimee, Dave Glasser, Yotam Silbersten, Laurent Cugny, Freddy Bryant,
Yaron Herman … at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Iridium Jazz Club Smalls Jazz
Club, Fat Cat, Smoke Jazz, Hammerstein Ballroom, Cornelia Street Cafe...
In December 2012, Yvonnick volunteered to “Musician on Call”, an organization
aimed at delivering the healing power of music to patients in health care
facilities. He also opened the first harmonica school in New York, “New York
Harmonica School is an opportunity for beginner and experienced harmonica
players to learn and jam together, while receiving encouraging feedback, and
socializing in a friendly atmosphere.”
Yvonnick is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
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