At the Royal Conservatory of Music in Ghent he obtained a first prize of Harmony, the Superior Diploma of clarinet and chamber music and a Master Degree of clarinet, next to the necessary pedagogic certificates. At the College of Arts, Utrecht he received a certificate of orchestra conducting.
He participated in masterclasses for clarinet by Freddy Arteel (Belgium), Sjef Douwes (The Netherlands), Jerry Farmer, Howard Klug, Don Oehler (USA) and Andrew Marriner (UK). He studied conducting with Kenneth Montgomery and Peter Eötvös and played in various ensembles and orchestras.
As a soloist Henk Soenen performed in Belgium and abroad.