Liam Hockley








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. Hockley’s dissertation, “Performing Complexity,” examines performer agency in works that feature musical/physical aporia, hyper-extended instrumental techniques, and complex notational systems.


In addition to the classical canon, Hockley’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, Thanos Chrysakis, and Joan Arnau Pàmies, as well as the North American premieres of works by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Jürg Frey. Hockley has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including an interpretation prize at the 16th Stockhausen-Konzert und -Kurse Kürten in 2015.


Hockley 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, and Vancouver New Music. 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).


Hockley 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 –

Barrett – CHARON

^Beuger – dialogues (silences)

Berio – Sequenza IXa

Boulez – Domaines

Carter – Steep Steps

*Chrysakis – Undercurrent

Denisov – Sonata for Clarinet

*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 Gyögy in memoriam

Lachenmann – Dal Niente (Intérieur III)

Mahnkopf – Kurtág-Cantus I

*Murray – Ad Marginem des Versuchs

*Pàmies – 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!

+ Piano/Orchestra

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

Webern – Concerto, Op. 24

Webern – Quartet, Op. 22

Xenakis – Charisma

2017 Concert Appearances


Sunday, January 15th (4PM)

Messiaen: Quatour pour la fin du temps

with Domagoj Ivanovic, violin, Laine Longton, cello,
and Angelique Po, piano

St. Philip's Anglican Church (3737 W 27th Avenue)

Vancouver, B.C.


Friday-Sunday, January 27-29 (8PM, 3PM Sun.)

Frank Zappa Meets Varese and Oswald

with Turning Point Ensemble

SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Vancouver, B.C.


Sunday, March 5th (2:30PM)

Águas de Março: Music from Brazil

Liam Hockley Quartet

The Old School House Arts Centre

Qualicum Beach, B.C.


Friday, March 17 (7:30PM)

Sonic Boom Festival

with Nu:BC Ensemble

Chang - Beyond Shadows
Pyatt Hall, VSO School of Music

Vancouver, B.C.


Friday, May 12th (7PM)

Bozzini Quartet Performer’s Kitchen

Golden Saucer (207 W Hastings Street)

Vancouver, B.C.


Sunday, May 28th (4PM)

Mahler - Kindertotenlieder

with Nu:BC Ensemble and guests

Mahler - Kindertotenlieder

(arr. Alfredo Santa Ana)

St. Philip's Anglican Church (3737 W 27th Avenue)

Vancouver, B.C.


July 6 and 8 (7:30PM)

Claude Viver – Kopernikus
Eric Harvie Theatre

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Banff, AB


Current Projects

—New cycle of pieces for clarinet(s) with Ray Evanoff

—Two new works with Thanos Chrysakis: (1) unaccompanied

E-flat clarinet, and (2) bass clarinet and fixed media

—Duo recital with flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor on

Vancouver New Music's 2017/18 Concert Series

PULSE-TIDE: works for clarinets(s) and fixed media

List of past events

With the Jim Cameron Quintet, 2014

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Karlheinz Stockhausen - LIBRA

für Baßklarinette und Elektronische Musik (Nr. 42 2/3, 1977) kömmt drauf an, sie zu verändern. (2015)

(for one instrumentalist, four clarinets, and amplification)

Joan Arnau Pàmies | distribution by Liam Hockley

Liam is available for hire as a private clarinet teacher/clinician in the Greater Vancouver area.

Please get in touch via email at 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)


Lesson policies:

—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 or by filling out the form below.

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Testing out instrument-based controllers for live electronics and video with UBC SUBclass, 2015.