Born in Finland to a half-Finnish half-British family, award-winning composer Henri Wilkinson took an interest in playing the piano at a very early age. His father took him to see “Jurassic Park” in 1993 in Newcastle, England. Accompanied by the astonishing visuals and John Williams’ blazing music, alongside with a big carton of caramel-coated popcorn, this event as a powerful emotional experience marked a new interest in Wilkinson’s life towards films and film music.
In high school, Wilkinson took an interest in jazz to the extent that he pursued further education in jazz piano and composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. After winning an award for a ballad composition and soon after another award for a composition for mixed choir, Wilkinson got an opportunity to compose for several nationally broadcasted television series and commercials and he began actively pursuing a career in composing for film, while continuing to teach and perform. In 2006 Wilkinson received his Master’s degree and in 2007 he scored his first theatrical feature film.
Wilkinson was accepted to study at the film-scoring program of the USC Thornton School of Music and received several notable grants towards studies in the US. Wilkinson was selected to mentor with multi- Oscar-nominee composer James Newton Howard, and received the opportunity to orchestrate and conduct for an episode of award-winning television series “LOST”. Wilkinson received his Graduate Certificate in 2008 alongside with the prestigious Harry Warren grant and now resides in Los Angeles as a working professional.