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.
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!
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.
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!"
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.
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.
We do our fair share of obscure music here at Q2 Music, but sometimes you want to flip on the radio and simply hear the hits. This week on Hammered! we offer exactly that in conjunction with our Fall Fund Drive. Please consider making a contribution today.
Today, Q2 Music celebrates new music's favorite holiday, Halloween, with its first 24-hour scarathon of hair-raising microtones, densely clustered choruses and heart-pumping slasher film suites.
This week, musical genetics 101. We survey keyboard-centric pieces whose forms are born from the brief but compact strands of musical DNA that begin them.
This week on Hammered!, we offer the finest golden nuggets from recent piano performances in and around New York City.
To honor the pianist and newly-minted MacArthur Fellow Jeremy Denk, we revisit the programs of his weeklong Hammered! residency from the 2012 American Mavericks Festival.
Sunday, September 29 at 6 pm, Q2 Music presents the final of its four-part series from the 2013 Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. Hear the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing music by Dmitri Shostakovich and Friedrich Cerha.
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.
Sunday, September 22 at 6 pm, Q2 Music presents Pablo Heras-Casada leading this Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in a performance of seven milestones of vocal and instrumental modernism.
Despite this month's phenomenal, forward-looking programs on Q2 Music's Lucerne Festival webcasts, there is a conspicuous absence of music by one of the festival's artistic gurus—and one of the most influential musicians of the last fifty years—Pierre Boulez.
Tonight at 6 pm, Q2 Music presents the second of four performances recorded at the 2013 Lucerne Festival, featuring world premieres from composer competition winners, Benjamin Attahir and Christian Mason.
Maverick force of nature and New York new music fixture John Zorn turned 60 last week and the whole city is celebrating. This week on Hammered! we explore his tremendously varied keyboard output alongside the music of other modern musical mavericks.
Sunday, September 8 at 6 pm, Q2 Music presents the first of four performances recorded live at the 2013 Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.
This week on Hammered! we queue up portions of Frederic Rzewski's epic musical novel The Road—in addition to a few driving playlists of our own. Tune in all week at 10 am.
This Fourth of July week on Hammered!, tune in for the piano-based repertoire of American music's great experimental pioneer.
Nothing accompanies a sweated-through T-shirt and an oppressively humid summer evening like George Crumb, right? Get your dog day's musical antidote all week on Hammered! with summertime music not written by George Gershwin.