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Conor Hanick
Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano and Lecturer in Music

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The diverse artistic interests of New York City-based concert pianist Conor Hanick (b.1982, Iowa City, IA) have lead to solo and chamber music performances across the world, a radio show on WNYC's streaming contemporary music station Q2, teaching roles at The Juilliard School and Smith College, concert and festival curation, and collaborations with the country's most accomplished conductors, ensembles, and composers.

Although his playing "defies human description" (ConcertoNet) for some, it has yielded wide praise from others. In a huge variety of repertoire, Conor's performances has been described as "excellent," "brilliant," "astounding," and "colorful," (New York Times) and demonstrating "technical precision and musical conviction" (Gramaphone). Particularly acclaimed have been his performances of contemporary repertoire, reminding the New York Times's Anthony Tommasini in a "riveting" performance of Olivier Messiaen's Couleurs de la Cité Céleste of "a young Peter Serkin."

Conor has been heard on the radio and in concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, performing at the Kennedy Center, KKL Lucerne Hall, the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Malyasia, and Kyoto Concert Hall in addition to virtually every prominent arts venue in New York City, ranging from Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Miller Theater to (le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette, The Greene Space and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. These performances showcased collaborations in a variety of musical mediums — from solo concerto to chamber ensemble — with conductors Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Jeffrey Milarsky, David Robertson, and James Levine, and ensembles that include the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Players, the Juilliard Orchestra, members of the New York Philharmonic and Saint Louis Symphony, AXIOM Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Chatter, NOW Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, Orchestra Iowa, Eastern Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and Metropolis Ensemble.

Beginning the 2011-12 season, Conor was a featured artist in a variety of summer festivals, including the inaugural Periora New Music Festival (IL), the Music and Literature Festival IC (IA), the Innsbrook Institute (MO), and the Taos Chamber Music Group (NM), performing over two dozen solo and chamber works with musicians from around the country. In July Conor gave eight concerts with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, which included solo performances of Ryan Anthony Francis's Wind-Up Bird Preludes, which the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review praised for its "boldness and sensitivity, characterized with clarity, rhythmic life and sharply drawn colors." Later this season Conor joins Jeffrey Milarsky and the AXIOM Ensemble for performances of Gerard Grissey's Vortex Temporum and Pierre Boulez's sur Incises in Lincoln Center, in addition to collaborations with Orchestra Iowa in Ludwig van Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn in Dimitri Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto, and the Juilliard Electronic Music Ensemble for solo performances of Ezequiel Vinao's Conference of the Birds for piano and electronics.

A devoted promoter of contemporary music, Conor has collaborated with, commissioned, and premiered works by composers of all genres and generations, including students and faculty members from Northwestern University, Princeton University, Yale University, the Aspen Music Festival, Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School. He has worked with John Adams, Pierre Boulez, Tan Dun, Mario Davidovsky, Charles Wuorinen, Magnus Lindberg, and David Lang, and is an active member of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, AXIOM, and the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble. Most recently Conor recorded a new piano concerto by Vivian Fung with Andrew Cyr and the Metropolis Ensemble, which will be paired with his recording of Vivian's solo prepared piano work Glimpses and released in Spring 2012.

At age eight Conor began studying violin and viola in the Iowa City Community School District before starting piano at age ten, two years later becoming a private student of Daniel Shapiro and Rene Lecuona at the University of Iowa. In 2005 he completed studies with Alan Chow and Ursula Oppens at Northwestern University, graduating with honors in piano and journalism. Now a student at the Juilliard School, where he finished his master's degree in 2008 and was awarded the Helen Fay prize in piano, Conor is a full-scholarship C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio. He is on the piano faculty at Smith College and hosts Hammered!, a radio show devoted to contemporary piano music on WNYC's streaming modern music station Q2.

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'The Mockingbird' from Des Canyons aux Etoiles... Olivier Messiaen
Conor Hanick, piano
Recorded live at Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY
 

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Canope Claude Debussy
Conor Hanick, piano
Recorded live at Clapp Recital Hall, Iowa City, IA
 

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'Allegro Brusco' from Violin Sonata no.1 in F minor Sergei Prokofiev
Conor Hanick, piano; Tricia Park, violin
Recorded at Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY
 

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