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 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.
Widely praised in a huge variety of repertoire, Conor’s performances has been described by the New York Times and Gramaphone magazine as “excellent,” “brilliant,” “astounding,” and “colorful,” demonstrating “technical precision and musical conviction.” 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, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. These performances showcased collaborations in a variety of musical mediums, from chamber ensemble to solo concerto appearances, with conductors Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, David Robertson and James Levine, and ensembles that include the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Players, members of the New York Philharmonic and Saint Louis Symphony, AXIOM Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Chatter, NOW Ensemble, and Metropolis Ensemble.
A devoted promoter of contemporary music, Conor has collaborated with, commissioned, and performed works by composers from all genres and generations. 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 the Metropolis Ensemble and director Andrew Cyr, which will be paired with his recording of Vivian’s solo prepared piano work Glimpses and released in Spring 2012.
Now a full-scholarship C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, where he also completed his master’s degree in 2008 studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio, Conor is on the piano faculty at Smith College and also hosts Hammered!, a radio show devoted to contemporary piano music on WNYC’s streaming modern music station Q2.