Corey Hamm

piano

“He plays the score with great attention to those subtle details of accent and articulation that really bring a performance to life.”

— David Hurwitz, Classics Today

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Biography

Corey Hamm has established a unique musical profile as a solo pianist and chamber musician of diverse talents. In recent years, he has toured extensively with Frederic Rzewski's hour-long solo piano epic The People United Will Never Be Defeated!  His recording of this work won Spotify's Best Classical Recording in 2014. Future recording plans include a CD of works written for him and the complete piano works of Henri Dutilleux. 

Corey Hamm has commissioned over 200 solo, chamber and concerto works, many for his ensembles PEP (Piano and Erhu Project, his duo with erhu virutoso Nicole Ge Li), The Nu:BC Collective, and Hammerhead Consort. His three chamber music initiatives have received praise both for their recordings and artistry. Recent performances include The People United Will Never Be Defeated! in NYC in honor of Rzewski's 80th birthday, as well as an Asian tour in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. 

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Erhu player Nicole Ge Li and pianist Corey Hamm are the masterminds behind PEP (Piano and Erhu Project). The erhu is a 1,000-year-old bowed, two-string Chinese instrument, and in the 21st century it finally has been given occasion to meet the piano. The marriage of the two is profoundly agreeable: Li and Hamm’s music is lithe, transportive, even funky. 

Hamm frequently plays Frederic Rzewski's hour-long solo piano epic The People United Will Never Be Defeated!  His recording of this work won Spotify's Best Classical Recording in 2014 and the Classical Recording of the year (2014) at the Western Canadian Music Awards. 

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CLASSICS TODAY

“He plays the score with great attention to those subtle details of accent and articulation that really bring a performance to life.” 

—  David Hurwitz

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