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Corey Hamm


Pianist Corey Hamm performs widely as both a soloist and as a chamber musician. He has commissioned, premiered and recorded over two hundred works from composers all over the world. Many of these commissions have been for various chamber music formations.

His most extensive collection of commissioned works includes over 45 pieces for the Piano Erhu Project, familiarly known as PEP. The composers for the project come from China, Japan, Canada and the United States. The result is a new and flourishing catalogue of works for the piano and the erhu composed in the musical languages of the 21st century. Bringing together two of the world’s great musical traditions, the project has generated a unique collection of works for Nicole Ge Li and Corey Hamm and other musicians to draw from and for 21st century audiences to enjoy. Some of these works have been released on their PEP CDs, Vols. 1 and 2 (Redshift TK437 and 440) and Ham and Ge Li toured China in 2015.

Corey Hamm has also commissioned works for the Nu:BC piano trio and for the Hammerhead Consort (two piano and two percussion). As pianist for The Nu:BC Collective he has released the CD "Beyond Shadows" (Redshift TK432), which was met with critical acclaim.

In recent years, Corey Hamm has studied, recorded and toured one of the great piano works of the last decades, Frederic Rzewski's monumental hour-long solo piano epic, "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!" (Redshift TK431). This work, made up of a theme and 36 variations, was composed for the great pianist Ursula Oppens. It has been recorded by a small number of pianists including Marc-André Hamelin. Frederick Rzewski received Corey Hamm’s interpretation as one of the finest to date. This release on Red Shift records won Spotify's Best Classical Recording 2014, Best Classical Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and high praise from Rzewski himself – “Excellent! Bravo! This may be the best recording.” Corey has toured this project in the U.S., Asia and Canada.

Corey Hamm has toured extensively, particularly in North America and in Asia.

In 2013, Corey was soloist in the World Premiere of Jordan Nobles’ Piano Concerto with Bramwell Tovey and the VSO and performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Faure’s Fantasie, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Mr. Hamm is Associate Professor of Piano at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he was awarded the prestigious Killam Teaching Award. He is on the Piano Faculty of the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at NEC in Boston. His beloved teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Marek Jablonski, Stéphane Lemelin, Ernesto Lejano, and Thelma Johannes O'Neill.

February 2016

Nov 2017
2-9 Vancouver - Nov. 2-8, 2017 - ISCM World Music Days - PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) give World Premieres as one of the resident ensembles for ISCM. Vancouver, BC

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