Henry Koperski a composer in New York


Henry Koperski is a composer and writer based out of New York City. The New York Times has called him “the connective tissue” of the NYC music/comedy scene. His frequent collaborators include Catherine Cohen, Matt Rogers, Larry Owens, and Matteo Lane. He has written and performed two solo shows, “Halo Pop” and “Magic Elf Lord”, both directed by Michael Pesce. His work can be seen most frequently in the East Village at Joe’s Pub and Club Cumming.

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Henry was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. His mother, coloratura soprano, Diane Penning gave him an early appreciation for music and art, beginning with piano lessons around age 4. Growing up, Henry took music very seriously, as he studied piano, saxophone, and bassoon, and later competed in festivals and competitions across the state.

Henry double-majored in Jazz Saxophone Performance and Classical Bassoon Performance at Western Michigan University (rated as one of the top 10 jazz programs in the country) and graduated with a Bachelors in Music. He participated in 11 different university ensembles, including Gold Company, the internationally renowned vocal jazz group, led by Steve Zegree.

After graduating, Henry moved to New York City in 2011 to pursue a career in music. As a pianist he quickly began playing piano for cabaret and theater, and as a saxophonist performing with a variety of different bands of many genres.

In 2013, Henry took comedy improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade. He quickly became involved with the NYC comedy community as a music director, accompanist, and composer.

From 2014-2018, Henry worked as an accompanist and piano bar pianist at venues all over the city, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Club Cumming, Town Hall, Joe’s Pub and many more (see list below). He has music directed hundreds of cabarets, comedy shows, concerts, and more in NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, and other North American cities. He also did six sold-out performances of his solo show “Halo Pop” at The Duplex, and recently debuted his new show “Magic Elf Lord” at Joe’s Pub, both directed by Michael Pesce.

In 2018, Henry moved to Kingston, NY, with partner and collaborator Ryan Amador. He still frequently performs and collaborates in NYC with Catherine Cohen, Larry Owens, Matt Rogers, Alan Cumming and Matteo Lane.