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Chromatic & Diatonic Harmonica Player
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.
Born in Paris XV arrondissement, Yvonnick began his career in France at age 17, recording and performing around the world with some of today’s top artists such as Romeo Santos, Bianca Wu, Manu Katche, Nate Smith, Ira Coleman, Thomas Enhco, Ben Street, John Chin, McClenty Hunter, Charles Persip, Yotam Silbersten, Olli Soikkeli, Laurent Cugny, Peter Slavov, Jason Brown, Freddy Bryant, Yaron Herman and Tom Kennedy among many others.
Yvonnick has garnered numerous awards that showcase his abilities as a performer and a composer. Among those he was finalist of "2007 Trophées du Sunside" in Paris with his band which included Tony and Scott Tixier, Joachim Govin and Anne Paceo. 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, Kevin Hays, Charles Tolliver, Ben Street, Jerome Sabbagh, and Aaron Goldberg among others.
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.
In 2012 He signed with the Danish Label SteepleChase Records and recorded
"Jour de Fete" his Debut Album ("Revelation 2013" by Jazz Magazine-France).
He is the founder of New York Harmonica School.
Reviews of"Jour de Fête" on SteepleChase Records :
"...Ballads and slower grooves are one of Prené’s strong points, but even when he embraces a fast tempo on “Obsessions” and John Coltrane’s “Satellite”, his harmonica playing has an ethereal quality...Jour de Fête is a consistently promising debut album from this young French improviser."
The New York City Jazz Record-Alex Henderson
"A first disc balanced repertoire of original compositions and well turned pieces of Gillespie, Coltrane Jerome Kern Goes ... by rhythmic jazz, it shows an astonishing ease ... Nils Winther, creator and discoverer of SteepleChase many young talents, there is no wrong in inviting a Yvonnick Prene join his label. "
Phillipe Vincent, "Revelation 2013" par Jazz Magazine (France)
“....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
"Jour De Fete is his recorded initiation into the fraternal order of jazz harmonica aces; he's now a part of the club for life. Dan Bilawsky - All About Jazz
"Le jeune musicien nourrit une fascination pour les Etats-Unis, il veut "sortir de la banlieue, aller aux sources du jazz..." Vincent Dozol - France-Amerique
"...His music is mysterious in the rhythmic twists and turns that pursue the often magical melodies that they are comprised of. His sense of harmony is also quite accomplished and this is revealed in the light and dark colours that are made to mingle into the music..." Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama
"Yvonnick Prene is an exceptional musician who is opening up a wealth of possibilities for his underrated but beautiful instrument. “Jour de Fête” is the perfect introduction for this young master of the harmonica."
The Jazz Chill Corner
"In a genre where saxophonists, pianists and guitarists dominate, it's refreshing to hear this relatively uncommon instrument...We absolutely recommend this album."
Shannon Kennedy - Teens Jazz
"The most beautiful music I have ever heard on harmonica" Lee KONITZ (Jazz Legend)
”Yvonnick is an harmonica player who will count in a close future” Ludovic FLORIN, Jazz Magazine, 2007 (France)
"Un jeune homme particulièrement motivé, et intéressant à suivre". Dominique Boulay-Blues Magazine-2007
" Frederic Yonnet, Alfred Hirsch and Yvonnick Prene are three noteworthy players who are breaking new ground..." Daily Lobo - (New Mexico)- 2006