Henry Koperski a composer in New York


Henry Koperski is a composer and writer residing in Kingston, NY. Most of his work is performed in New York City. His frequent collaborators include Catherine Cohen, Matt Rogers and Matteo Lane.  He can be seen performing almost every Wednesday at Club Cumming in NYC.

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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, The Duplex 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”, directed by Michael Pesce.

In 2018, Henry moved to Kingston, NY to give his full focus to music composition and spiritual healing. He still frequently performs and collaborates in NYC with Catherine Cohen, Matt Rogers, and Matteo Lane.

You can see him (almost) every Wednesday at Club Cumming.