Our teacher

“Virtuoso harmonica player” Downbeat

“A rising Star” Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

“A passionate advocate of the instrument and a dedicated educator” Hot House Jazz 

“The most beautiful music I have ever heard on harmonica.” Lee Konitz 

“Yvonnick Prene has proven his growing experience in leadership, writing and performing. He is the harmonica of the present and future” JazzTimes

Yvonnick was born in Paris, France on January 19. He began as a guitarist, later switching to the diatonic harmonica, and eventually settling on the chromatic harmonica as his primary instrument. He first began playing the harmonica professionally in Parisian clubs at 17, then started his studies at Sorbonne University, from which he received a master’s degree in music (2011). While still enrolled at the Sorbonne, Prené relocated to New York City and was 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 and Reggie Workman among others. In 2012 he earned a bachelor’s degree in music from The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music.

He has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Donald Brown, Klingande, Romeo Santos, Peter Bernstein, Scott Tixier, Gene Bertoncini, Rich Perry, Vic Juris, Steve Cardenas, Jon Cowherd, Ira Coleman, Thomas Enhco, Luques Curtis, Justin Brown, Donald Edwards, Lorin Cohen, Mike Moreno, Jared Gold, Laurent Cugny, Cyrille Aimée, Alexandre Tassel, Gilad Hekselman, Yaron Herman, Laurent de Wilde, Ryan Cohan, Victor Provost among many others. Yvonnick has played at Blue Note Jazz Club, at the Iridium Jazz Club, at Birdland, at Bern Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Lamentin Jazz Festival (Martinique), Festival Emoi du Jazz  (Cote d’Ivoire), Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, at Jazz in Marciac, Jazz on Ubaye, Jazz Sur Seine Festival, at Le Duc des Lombards (France).

Yvonnick is the founder of New York Harmonica School, the first harmonica school in NYC. Visit Yvonnick at yvonnickprene.com

Discography

As leader

As sideman

  • A Door, Joonsam, Origin Records, (2016)
  • Aquarius Woman, Marcello Pellitteri (2016)
  • Scott Tixier, Cosmic Adventure, Sunnyside Records, (2016)
  • Through the Badlands, Arthur Vint and Associates, Ropeadope Records, (2016)
  • Home, Lorin Cohen, Origin Records, (2015)
  • Dunya, Farah Siraj, (2014)
  • Talking Strings, Darius Scheider (2013)
  • Arty Facts, Arnon Palty, (2012)
  • Sings Tess, Bianca Wu, BMA, (2012)
  • The New York Flamenco Jazz Project, “Mosaico”, Eureka Musik Produktionen, (2012)
  • Jazz Me Up, Bianca Wu, BMA, (2010)
  • Umbrella, Harry Miller (2009)
  • Movements, Alexandre Tassel, Naive, (2008)
  • Euro Latin Jazz, Rebecca Vallejo, Cuca Jazz Production, (2007)

Bibliography