Franziska Henke is an award-winning guitarist and film composer, whose music impresses through deep sensitivity, colourful sounds and craftmanship.
After studying guitar world music and composition at Carl Maria von Weber Music College of music in Dresden (Germany) and Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (France), where she graduated with honours, she accomplished her Master's degree in film scoring at University for Film and Television KONRAD WOLF in Potsdam-Babelsberg.
As a performer and a composer she has worked with orchestras and ensembles like the Semper Opera Dresden, Sinfonietta Dresden, United Guitar Ensemble, German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Plucked Strings Orchestra Saxony and the Singing Academy Dresden.
Franziska Henke wrote music for films (fiction, animation, documentary), which have been screened at festivals all over the world such as TORONTO INTERNATIOAL FILM FESTIVAL, MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, TRANSILVANIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, DOK LEIPZIG, SOUNDTRACK COLOGNE, ACHTUNG BERLIN, HOFER FILMTAGE, FESTIVAL DU FILM D'AUBAGNE, LUBUSKIE LATO FILMOWE, SEHSÜCHTE, GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL, FÜNF SEEN FILMFESTIVAL, KINDERFILMFEST KYOTO, FESTIVAL EUROPÉEN DU FILM COURT DE BREST, MOLODIST KYIV INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL BANGLADESH, CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE, FILM FESTIVAL MAX OPHÜLS PREIS , KINOKI FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE.
Her concert works have been performed i.a. in the USA, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Mexico and Spain.
She developed her wide range of artistic skills also within Master classes like the Orchestration Master Class at Hollywood Music Workshop with Conrad Pope, Composition Master Classes with Alva Noto, Leo Brouwer, Bernard Cavanna, Carlo Domeniconi and Marc Marder.
Furthermore, Franziska Henke is also a former member of singer/songwriter group Miss O'Paque, where she works as backing vocalist, guitarist and arranger. Their debut album The Small Things was published in 2015 by Doctor Heart Music.
2018 nomination Jerry Goldsmith Awards, category BEST SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY for 1937 - Das Ende der Unschuld
2018 Berlinale Talents
2018 nomination Max Ophüls Preis, category BEST SCORE for Farewell Yellow Sea
2017 nomination Jerry Goldsmith Awards, category LONG FEATURE FILM for Nelly's Adventure
2016 German Film Music Award, category BEST NEWCOMER for Nelly's Adventure
2015 1st prize International Contest for Composition for Plucked Strings Orchestra
"José Fernández Rojas" (Spain)
2015 nomination WDR Filmscore Award (European Talent Competition)
2015 full scholarship film music masterclass at International Film Festival Aubagne
2014 European music authors scholarship by GEMA
2014 3rd prize International Lycia Guitar Composition Competition (Turkey)
2014 1st prize Chamber Rock Composition Competition (Mexico)
2012 1st prize European Guitar Award
2009 - 2013 stipendiary Yehudi Menuhin - Live Music Now
2009 finalist Anna Amalia Competition for Young Guitarists
2009 full scholarship composition masterclass "Académie Musicale de Villecroze"
2006 2nd prize "Jugend Musiziert" (national youth competition, Germany)
2004 3rd prize "Jugend Musiziert" (national youth competition, Germany)