Conor Hanick

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:

Man Meets Machine on Dan Trueman's 'Nostalgic Synchronic'

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Composer Dan Trueman is the inventor of a new instrument: the prepared digital piano. On this LPR Live, we hear So Percussion's Adam Sliwinski perform Trueman's 'Nostalgic Synchronic.'

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Listen: Port St. Willow Brings 'Syncope' to Life at Le Poisson Rouge

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Port St. Willow, the project of Brooklyn-based Nicholas Principe, performed its second improvisational, atmospheric album "Syncope" at Le Poisson Rouge on November 17, 2015.


Download: John Adams's Grooving String Quartet with Attacca Quartet

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Despite being one of relatively few chamber-music pieces in his catalog, John Adams’s String Quartet is one of the composer’s most compelling works.


Download: Ted Hearne's 'Parlor Diplomacy' Featuring Timo Andres

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Brooklyn-based composer Ted Hearne and pianist Timo Andres highlight their longstanding relationship with old and new music alike, and the challenges of "messing" with it.


Download: David Lang Distills Late Friends in 'Memory Pieces'

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

David Lang breaks down two of his "Memory Pieces" – recollections of friends distilled into brief musical moments – and we join pianist Andrew Zolinsky for this episode of LPR Live.


Download: Vivian Fung Concerto with Harpist Bridget Kibbey

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hear the world premiere performance of Canadian-born composer Vivian Fung's Harp Concerto, the fruit of a close collaboration with New York City-based harpist Bridget Kibbey.


Download: Pianist Sarah Cahill Performs Terry Riley and Samuel Adams

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Terry Riley remains eternally youthful, continuing to work at an invigorated pace. Samuel Adams, the composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony, wrote “Shade Studies” in his honor.


Christopher Cerrone's 'High Windows' Finds an Elusive Balance

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Christopher Cerrone’s music strikes that elusive balance between intense emotion and meticulous craft, and combines ornamental dissonance with luminous triadic harmony.


Download: John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti's Piano Sonatas

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti make for an odd juxtaposition. But where some might hear contrast in the sonatas of this unlikely couple, pianist David Greilsammer hears complement.

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LPR Live Launches with Steve Reich's Iconic 'Different Trains'

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LPR Live, a new podcast showcasing dynamic pieces recorded live at Le Poisson Rouge, launches with Steve Reich's seminal "Different Trains" performed by ACME.


Download: LPR Live Preview and 'Memory Pieces' by David Lang

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I’m thrilled this week to give you a sneak peek of a new podcast called LPR Live coming out this Fall. It’s hosted by friend and colleague Conor Hanick and you should check it out!


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 Ham...


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 inv...


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.