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Canadian clarinetist Liam Hockley is a versatile musician, equally at home in the standard classical canon as in new music, jazz, and improvisation. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance at the University of British Columbia. Liam's dissertation, “Performing Complexity,” examines performer agency in works that feature musical/physical aporia, hyper-extended instrumental techniques, and complex notational systems. His research is supported by the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) and a University of British Columbia Doctoral Fellowship.
In addition to the classical canon, Liam's repertoire encompasses major works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and his advocacy for new repertoire leads him to regular collaborations with Canadian and international composers on innovative new works. Recent performances include premieres of new works by Ray Evanoff, Kimberley Manerkirar, and Joan Arnau Pàmies, as well as the North American premieres of works by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Jürg Frey. Liam has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including an interpretation prize at the 16th Stockhausen-Konzert und -Kurse Kürten in 2015.
Liam maintains an active schedule of performances as a freelancer with diverse chamber ensembles, and has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver New Music, and NU:BC Collective. He has appeared as a soloist with the the University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble (2016), the Victoria Symphony (2011), and the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra (2009). He is a founding member of Duo 1010 with flutist Stephanie Bell, an ensemble dedicated to exploring contemporary repertoire for flute and clarinet that has performed in Vancouver, Victoria, Düsseldorf, and Cologne. For the 2017-18 season, Liam will be featured as an Emerging Artist-in-Residence with the Music on Main concert series and joining the NU:BC Collective as Ensemble-in-Residence of the Vancouver Pro Musica Sonic Boom Festival.
Liam holds a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia, and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria, graduating with distinction in clarinet performance. His teachers have included François Houle, Cris Inguanti, Patricia Kostek, Earl Thomas, and Christian Gossart.
This list contains a selection of (primarily contemporary) works that Liam has performed as a soloist or an ensemble musician.
(A complete repertoire list is available upon request)
*First performance ^First North American performance +First Canadian performance
André – ...in...
Barrett – CHARON
^Beuger – dialogues (silences)
Berio – Sequenza IXa
Boulez – Domaines
Carter – Steep Steps
*Chrysakis – Undercurrent
Denisov – Sonata for Clarinet
Edwards – Um allein zu kampfen
*Evanoff – Narratives
^Evanoff – A Series of Postures (clarinet)
Farrin – Ma Dentro Dove
^Frey – L'ame est sans retenue II
^Frey – Mit Schweigen Wird's Gesprochen
+Friedman – Incoronazione
Grisey – Charme
Hamel – Traces II
Kurtág – In Nomine – All’ongherese
Kurtág – Kroó György in memoriam
Lachenmann – Dal Niente (Intérieur III)
Mahnkopf – Kurtág-Cantus I
*Murray – Ad Marginem des Versuchs
*Pàmies – ...es kömmt drauf an, sie zu verändern.
Poppe – Holz Solo
Radulescu – Capricorn's Nostalgic Crickets
Saariaho – Duft
Scelsi – Ixor
Sciarrino – Let Me Die Before I Wake
Smith – Variants
Stockhausen – Amour
Stockhausen – In Freundschaft
^Stockhausen – LIBRA
^Stockhausen – UVERSA
^Stockhausen – Xi
Ter Schiphorst – Hi Bill!
Berg – Vier Stücke
Brahms – Sonaten, op. 120
Copland – Concerto
Debussy – Petite Piece
Debussy – Première Rhapsodie
Gershwin – Three Preludes
Krenek – Kleine Suite
Krenek – Suite
Hindemith – Sonata
Messager – Solo de Concours
Morricone – Ipotesi
Morricone – Traccia
Mozart – Concerto
Poulenc – Sonata
Rossini – Introduction, Theme & Variations
Rota – Sonata
Saint-Saens – Sonata
Schumann – Fantasiestücke
Shaw – Concerto
Szalowski – Sonatina
Templeton – Pocket Size Sonata No. 1
Templeton – Pocket Size Sonata No. 2
Ticheli – Concerto
Weber – Concerti No. 1, 2
Weber – Concertino
Weber – Grand Duo
Weinberg – Sonata
Bartok – Contrasts
Berio – O King
Boulez – Dérive 1
Carter – Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux
Carter – Poems of Louis Zukofsky
Chang – Beyond Shadows
*Evanoff – Notables
Ferneyhough – In Nomine (a 3)
*Friedman – Incarnadine
Haas – Sextett
Kurtág – Duos from Játékok és üzenetek
Kurtág – Hommage à R.Sch.
Lachenmann – Allegro sostenuto
Louie – Cadenzas
Ligeti – Sechs Bagatellen
Messiaen – Quatour pour la fin du temps
*Murray – Zweite Versuch über Homo Sacer
Reich – Double Sextet
Saygun – Sezisler (Intuitions)
Scelsi – Ko-Lho
Schoenberg – Pierrot Lunaire
Sciarrino – Omaggio a Burri
Stockhausen – Knabbenduet
^Stockhausen – SUKAT
Stravinsky – Octet for Winds
Tenzer – Three Island Duos
Vivier – Kopernikus
Webern – Concerto, Op. 24
Webern – Quartet, Op. 22
Xenakis – Charisma
2018 Concert Appearances
A Place to Listen
with Duo 1010
Works by Daniel Brandes, Eva-Maria Houben,
and Antoine Beuger
Friday-Saturday, January 19-20 (8PM)
with Turning Point Ensemble
Saturday, March 3rd (8PM)
John Luther Adams: Ten Thousand Birds
Music on Main
Friday, March 25 (7:30PM)
Sonic Boom Festival
Nu:BC Ensemble Feature Concert
New works by BC Composers
Tuesday, April 24 (8PM)
Music on Main
Emerge on Main Feature Concert
Michelle Lou - Telegrams
(*First North American performance)
Ray Evanoff - Full
Wolf Edwards - Um allein zu kämpfen
Karlheinz Stockhausen - FREIA
(*First North American performance)
Sunday, April 29th (2:30PM)
Liam Hockley Quartet
Qualicum Beach, B.C.
–Emerging Artist-in-Residence with Music on Main 17/18 Concert Series
—Joining the NU:BC Collective as Ensemble-in-Residence
of the 2018 Sonic Boom Festival
—New cycle of pieces for bass clarinet with Ray Evanoff
List of past events
With the Jim Cameron Quintet, 2014
Karlheinz Stockhausen - SUKAT (1989) for alto flute and basset horn
Elliott Carter - Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux (1985) for flute and clarinet
duo 1010 was founded by flutist Stephanie Bell and clarinetist Liam Hockley while students at the University of British Columbia. Emerging from their shared passion for the exploration and expansion of the contemporary repertoire for flute and clarinet (and their respective instrumental doubles), duo 1010 have commissioned new works and given performances in North American and Europe.
(Link to Stephanie's Biography and Website)
Antoine Beuger - we are voices
Daniel Brandes - places of refuge... of healing...
Elliott Carter - Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux
Ray Evanoff - Notables (*duo 1010 commission)
Jürg Frey - ohne titel (architektur der stille)
Eva-Maria Houben - throngs
Alex Mah - two (*duo 1010 commission)
Giacinto Scelsi - Ko-Lho, Suite
Karlheinz Stockhausen - SUKAT
Brian Ferneyhough - In Nomine (a 3) (picc, ob, cl)
Salvatore Sciarrino - Ommagio a Burri (vln, afl, bcl)
Wednesday, January 19, 2018
A Place To Listen
Works by Daniel Brandes, Eva-Maria Houben, Jurg Frey
James Bay United Church
Selected Recent Performances
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Stockhausen Konzert- und Kurse Kürten
Stockhausen – SUKAT for alto flute and basset horn
Saturday, July 23, 2017
Works by Daniel Brandes, Alex Mah, Eva-Maria Houben
Karlheinz Stockhausen - LIBRA
für Baßklarinette und Elektronische Musik
Brian Ferneyhough - In Nomine (a 3)
with Mark Takeshi McGregor, piccolo; and Kristen Cooke, oboe
"Conflicting Messages: Performer Agency in Contemporary Aestheitcs"
(FOCI Arts—March 25, 2016)
"Towards a Redefinion of Performer"
(FOCI Arts—June 9, 2014)
...es kömmt drauf an, sie zu verändern.
for one instrumentalist, four clarinets, and amplification
Joan Arnau Pàmies | distribution by Liam Hockley
Wolf Edwards - Um allein zu kämpfen
for bass clarinet and electronics
Ray Evanoff - Narratives (Feb. 2016 studio recording)
Liam is available for hire as a private clarinet teacher/clinician in the Greater Vancouver area.
Please get in touch via email at email@example.com or by filling out the form on the Contact tab.
Private/Group Lessons and Clinics
Selected teaching experience:
2016-2017: MUSC 171 (Secondary instrumental private instruction) at The University of British Columbia
2009-present: Private teaching studio. Teaching beginning students through to post-BMus students, recital/RCM preparation.
Selected clinic experience:
Oct. 2016, Windfest! (The University of British Columbia): Introduction to Contemporary Clarinet Techniques
Mar. 2015, Sonic Boom Festival (Vancouver, BC): Composer Readings and Composing for Clarinet Masterclass
June 2011, Salt Festival (Victoria, BC): Composer Readings and Composing for Clarinet Masterclass
Rates for private lessons:
30 minutes (suitable for younger and beginning band students): $30
60 minutes (suitable for more advanced students and adults): $60
(A modest additional travel charge applies for students requesting to be taught in their own homes)
—If you are interested in regularly-scheduled lessons, they must be purchased and pre-paid by cash or cheque in four-week blocks. We will work together to find a regular time for your lessons and I will keep clear attendance records to ensure that you are getting what you have paid for. You have the option of scheduling a single "trial" lesson (at normal rates) before committing to and purchasing a monthly block.
—If your scheduling does not allow for regularly-scheduled lessons, individual drop-in lessons can be a good option. In this case, lessons must be paid by cash or cheque during our meeting.
—24-hour cancellation notice is strictly required. With appropriate notice, I will credit the tuition of your missed session towards either a make-up lesson to be scheduled at a mutually convenient time or towards one of the lessons from your next pre-paid block.
—Cancellations without 24-hour notice or "no-shows" will not be refunded except for some extenuating circumstances at the sole discretion of the instructor.
Helmut Lachenmann—Dal Niente (Interieur III), 2013
Liam is an experienced professional available for hire as a freelance musician (clarinet, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, and basset horn) in solo, chamber, and orchestral contexts in the Greater Vancouver and Central/South Vancouver Island areas. He is most easily reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out the form below.
Testing out instrument-based controllers for live electronics and video with UBC SUBclass, 2015.
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