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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!"
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.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Five days of accretive piano mayhem this week on Hammered!, beginning with music for zero pianists (all "automatic" pieces for pianola and other pianistic mechanisms), and, after adding one player and one piano per day, ending the week with repertoire for piano quartet.