Monika Henking was born in Winterthur, Switzerland, into a musical family. She received early musical tuition from her father and, following her undergraduate studies, at the conservatory in Winterthur taking piano, organ, oboe and choir leading as her subjects. She acquired her diploma in piano and organ with distinction. She then undertook studies at the Vienna School of Music and left with a concert diploma for organ, also with distinction (class of Prof. Anton Heiller) and a leaving prize offered by the state.Last updated: 2020-10-06 16:48:10
Henking is the winner of various international competitions including Bologna and St. Albans. She is active as an organist and choir leader in Thalwil, as a lecturer for organ literature at the Music Academy in Lucerne and as the organist with the 'Coliegium Musicum Luzern'. In addition to this she is the director of the 'Engadiner Kantorei' and the 'Kanimerchor Luzern'.
Monika Henking concerts profusely in Europe, the USA and Japan. She has a particular interest in the historical organ. She is also a member of juries for international competitions and has recorded for radio and LP in various countries, mostly on historical organs. Henking is the publisher of various works for organ by Mozart and Anton Hemer. Scores of composers have dedicated works to her including Anton Heiller, Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter, Ernst Pfiffner, Franz Rechsteiner and others.
In 1997 Monika Henking received the prize for culture awarded by the city of Thalwil.