Conor Hanick

Q2 Music Host / Pianist

Conor Hanick is a concert pianist, chamber musician, and modern music enthusiast living in New York City. His playing of standard and contemporary repertoire has been widely praised, reminding the New York Times’s Anthony Tommasini of “a young Peter Serkin."

As a soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member, Conor has been heard throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, performing in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall and (Le) Poisson Rouge. He has collaborated with conductors Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, David Roberston and James Levine, and performs regularly with the AXIOM, Pittsburgh New Music and Metropolis ensembles. As a fervent promoter of contemporary music, Conor has collaborated, commissioned and performed works by composers from Northwestern, Princeton, Yale, Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard in addition to working with John Adams, Pierre Boulez, Mario Davidovsky, Charles Wuorinen, Magnus Lindberg and David Lang.

Now a student at the Juilliard School, where he completed his master’s degree in 2008, Conor is a full-scholarship C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow maintaining an often disproportionate balance between performing, teaching and contributing to WQXR's Q2, where he hosts Hammered!, a showcase of contemporary piano music. 


Conor Hanick appears in the following:

Listen: AXIOM Performs Adams, Birtwistle and Messiaen

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Juilliard School's AXIOM Ensemble's 2014-2015 season began with an instant classic of American modernism and closed with a masterwork of the European avant-garde.


Piano Luminaries, from Art Tatum to Jeremy Denk

Monday, April 28, 2014

So much of what brings a piece of music to life has to do with its performer. Although nearly all of the composers featured regularly on Hammered! benefit from excellent performer-advocates, the programmatic arch of each week is normally determined by the composer and music itself.


To Sleep, Perchance To Dream

Monday, April 21, 2014

This week we take our aesthetic and thematic cue from Toru Takemitsu's ravishing and otherworldly Quotation of Dream for two pianos and orchestra, and spin a week's worth of piano music that skirts the line between the direct and the subliminal, the real and the dreamlike.    


Hot Off The Press

Monday, April 14, 2014

While there is never a lack of The New at Q2 Music, rarely has there been so much new in one week's worth of programing. This week we take our selections exclusively from recently piano releases – some featured on Q2 Music's Album Of The Week – and spin tracks from the front lines of new music.


Under the Influence

Monday, April 07, 2014

Folk music has inspired composers throughout history. Tune in all week for music by Bela Bartok, Vivian Fung, John Zorn and more whose music is colored with styles, rhythms and forms of non-Western music.


Twenty-First Century Piano Problems

Monday, March 31, 2014

The early modernists had Claude Debussy, the post-war György Ligeti, and the twenty-first century may very well point to the French master Pascal Dusapin as the torchbearer for reinventing the technical capabilities and sonic potential of the piano.


Runs in the Family

Monday, March 17, 2014

Family ties resemble teacher-student relations in weird ways. A student's music might "resemble" a teacher's style, or sometimes try very hard to disassociate itself. This week on Hammered! we sort through the branches of four different musical family trees.


When The Piano Isn't Enough...

Monday, March 03, 2014

Late in his life, the famed Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni felt so straightjacketed by the tonal system that he said one of the only viable method of escape was the invention of new sounds through electronic instruments.


Musical Pairings of Equal and Opposite Extremes

Monday, January 27, 2014

Musical Yins meet their complementary Yangs this week on Hammered! Listen mornings at 10 am for music of Brian Ferneyhough, Giya Kancheli, György Ligeti and much, much more.


Manhattan Impromptus

Monday, January 20, 2014

"Impromptu": something spontaneous, tossed-off, improvisatory. For composer Brian Schober, the term has a weightier significance and serves as the creative launching pad for his vast, cinematic set of impressions for piano called the Manhattan Impromptus, a work explored in its entirety this week on Hammered!.

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Music For A Polar Vortex Evening

Monday, January 13, 2014

Despite the bizarrely high likelihood this week of NYC's "Polar Vortex" turning unseasonably spring-like, we're nevertheless hunkering down with wintery landscape pieces for piano and percussion, anchored by the The Adams From The North, Alaskan composer John Luther Adams.


Composing With The Nature Of Sound

Monday, January 06, 2014

This week on Hammered! we dive deep into the music of the spectral school, exploring the sounds of Tristan Murail, Gerard Grisey, Claude Vivier and more alongside bits of "proto-spectralists" Olivier Messiaen, Claude Debussy and Bela Bartok. Listen each morning at 10 am.


Timing Is Everything

Monday, December 30, 2013

One cycle ends, another begins, ushering in new priorities, new methods of organization, and probably a renewed gym membership. This week on Hammered! we honor this most momentous of metronome clicks with piano music that uniquely addresses the question of time and the temporal.


A Hammered! Holiday Special

Monday, December 23, 2013

It's the time of year when candles are lit, presents are exchanged, thanks are given, and – here at Q2 Music – we indulge in two hours of hyper-modern, ravishingly beautiful keyboard music via Olivier Messiaen.


Homegrown Hits

Monday, December 16, 2013

New Yorkers needn't travel far to hear music from a great composer, and this week on Hammered! we follow suit with a week's worth of borough-hopping playlists that survey New York City's young composers.

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Concertos and Etudes, Chickens and Eggs

Monday, December 09, 2013

No ambiguity here. No broader historical context required. No chicken / egg complex. This week we listen to five piano concertos preluded by the smaller piano pieces from which they came.


Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Contrapuntal World

Monday, December 02, 2013

Few pianists have impacted contemporary music more profoundly than the Frenchman Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Hear his insights and performances of Ives, Ligeti and Messiaen all week on Hammered!


Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

Monday, November 25, 2013

Composers today inherit some pretty profound baggage. How is one able to write a single note! with all of music's most monolithic presences staring at your staff paper? One option is to ignore them, another is to talk with them.


Strong Network Connection: Framing Modern Piano Music

Monday, November 18, 2013

To be a composer is to be aware of your musical family tree, and to some degree, exploit the strengths of your forefathers in order to create something novel. Stravinsky, after all, said that "good composers borrow, great composers steal!" 


Anniversary and Birthday Tributes

Monday, November 11, 2013

There are many reasons to tip the musical hat this week: Charles Wuorinen's 75th birthday; Ned Rorem's 90th!; the one year anniversary of Elliott Carter's passing; and the centennial celebration of Witold Lutoslawski. Listen weekdays at 10 am for music by this handful of extraordinary composers.