“Yvonnick Prene is skilled and talented without a doubt but there is a depth to him that calls to the depths within the listener. It is no wonder that he is in such demand.”JazzTimes
“Virtuoso Harmonica Player” Down Beat
“The most beautiful music I have ever heard on harmonica” Lee Konitz
“A rising star” Dan Bilansky, All About Jazz
Born in France, 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, Columbia University and at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he had the opportunity to study with Lee Konitz and Reggie Workman among others. In 20011-2012 he earned a BA from The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music and Master degree from Sorbonne University.
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, Steve Cardenas, Jon Cowherd, Vic Juris ,Nate Smith, Ira Coleman, Thomas Enhco, Luques Curtis, Eric Lewis, Justin Brown, Jerome Barde, Lorin Cohen, Avi Rothebard, Jared Gold, Anthony Wonsey, Clovis Nicholas, Laurent Cugny, Alexandre Tassel, Dana Hall, Gilad Hekselman, Jon Davis, Krystle Warren, Yaron Herman, Laurent de Wilde, Ryan Cohan, Victor Provost among many others.
Yvonnick has played major jazz clubs in New York City including the Blue Note, The Iridium, Dizzy's Club, Birdland, The Jazz Gallery and Smalls. He has also toured world-wide and has performed most noteworthy jazz festivals including Bern Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Festival Emoi du Jazz (Ivory Coast), Lamentin Jazz Festival (Martinique), SPAH Harmonica Fest 2019 (Tulsa), Hyde Park Jazz Festival (Chicago) and Jazz Sur Seine Festival (Paris).
Yvonnick 's next album, is scheduled to be released in November 2019 on the Danish label SteepleChase Records. It features his new trio: Brian Charette on organ b3 and Jordan Young on drums.
Yvonnick is the founder of New York Harmonica School, Harmonica Studio, author of several books and bandleader of The Yvonnick Prene Quartet and Padam Swing. He is currently based in Manhattan, New York City.
Yvonnick plays Hohner harmonicas