The wide-ranging musical abilities and diverse artistic interests of pianist Conor Hanick have led to acclaimed solo and chamber performances around the world and collaborations with music’s most accomplished instrumentalists, conductors, ensembles, and composers.
In performances ranging from the early Baroque to the newly written, Conor’s playing has been described as “brilliant,” “astounding,” (New York Times) “expert,” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and “sparkling,” (Strad) while reminding New York Times chief critic Anthony Tommasini of a “young Peter Serkin.” Although Conor has been recognized as a “true champion of contemporary music” (NPR) through his deep commitment to the music of our time, Tommasini wrote that Conor’s “technical refinement, color, crispness and wondrous variety of articulation … benefit works by any master.”
Conor has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including the Kennedy Center, Mondavi Performing Arts Center, the Krannert Center, The Kultur und Gongresszentrum Luzern, Kyoto Concert Hall, and virtually every prominent arts venue in New York City, ranging from all three Carnegie Halls and Alice Tully Hall to Le Poisson Rouge and The Kitchen. These performances showcased collaborations with conductors Pierre Boulez, Anne Manson, David Robertson, and James Levine; ensembles that include the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Metropolitan Chamber Players, and the Juilliard and Spoleto Festival Orchestras; and composers David Fulmer, Charles Wuorinen, Ryan Francis, Matthias Pintscher, John Adams, and dozens others.
A graduate of the Masters and Doctorate programs of the Juilliard School, Conor also holds music and journalism degrees from Northwestern University. He is a former guest artist at Smith College, current faculty artist of the Music Academy of the West, and resides in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
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
Monday, March 03, 2014
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
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
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
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.