” The most beautiful music I have ever heard on harmonica” Lee KONITZ
“I am confident he will be one of the finest jazz musicians ever to play his challenging but beautiful instrument” Aaron GOLDBERG
“Yvonnick has pleasing sound on harmonica” Bill KIRCHNER
“Yvonnick is a true harmonica player….” Lewis PORTER
”Yvonnick is an harmonica player who will count in a close future” Ludovic FLORIN,
Pianist Aaron Goldberg wrote “I am confident he will be one of the finest jazz musicians ever to play his challenging but beautiful instrument”.
New York City based Musician, Composer and Educator Yvonnick Prene has performed around the world in places such as Switzerland, Paris, Los Angeles, West Indies, New York, Berlin and festivals including the Bern Jazz Festival, Lamentin Jazz Fest, Marciac Jazz Festival, CUNY Jazz Festival and Jazz on Ubaye.
He has also appeared at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, Manhattan Center, Fat Cat, Miller Theater, Cornelia Street Cafe, Duc des Lombards and The Iridium.
Influenced by harmonicists such as Stevie Wonder, Toots Thielemans, and Gregoire Maret, Yvonnick stepped out on his own to conquer his own voice on the harmonica.
Born in Paris XV arrondissement, Yvonnick began his career in France at age 17, recording and performing around the world with some of today’s top musicians such as Manu Katche, Nate Smith, Ira Coleman, Tom Kennedy, Ben Street, Laurent de Wilde, Alexandre Tassel, Cyrille Aimee, Dave Glasser, Yotam Silbersten, Laurent Cugny, Freddy Bryant, Yaron Herman among others.
Yvonnick has garnered numerous awards that showcase his abilities as a performer and a composer. Among those he was awarded the first prize of “Trophées du Sunside” in Paris with the Scott Tixier Group 2007, he was selected to participate to the highly competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency Program in Washington D.C, 2011. Moreover he was the first harmonica player to have been chosen to audition for the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute in Los Angeles. The jury included Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heat and Kenny Burrel among others jazz legends.
Yvonnick was also 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, Reggie Washington, John Patittuci, Peter Bernstein, Charles Persip, Kevin Hays and Aaron Goldberg among others.
He earned in 2011 a Master’s degree in Music and Research at the Sorbonne University and a Bachelor of Fine Art from The New School.
Currently based in Brooklyn, Yvonnick is working on his first solo album; he can be seen playing at venues such as Fat Cat, The Zinc Bar and Smalls. He has taught as a harmonica instructor at New York Jazz Workshop, Brooklyn Music School and First Flight Music School.
Yvonnick is part of Musician on Call and brings each week the joyful sound of harmonica at the various hospitals and New York health care facilities, playing for children and elderly people.