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A versatile musician for whom “alternative or avant-garde approaches to his instrument are only part of the everyday tool kit” (Georgia Straight), Canadian clarinetist Dr. Liam Hockley is a dynamic performer of classical music and passionate advocate for new and experimental music. His repertoire encompasses not only the standard clarinet repertoire from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, but also the results of numerous collaborations with Canadian and international composers on innovative new works. Through his engagement with a broad range of musical practices and a commitment to collaboration, Liam is quickly emerging as a consummate twenty-first century performer who challenges established norms to discover new aesthetic pathways.


Liam has performed as a soloist or ensemble member on three continents, including appearances on Vancouver New Music’s concert series, Music on Main’s Modulus Festival (Vancouver), the SALT New Music Festival and Symposium (Victoria), KLANGRAUM (Düsseldorf), the Stockhausen-Konzert und -Kurse Kürten, A Place to Listen (Victoria), the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, NUNC! (Evanston), and the Kuandu Arts Festival (Taipei). He has been featured as an emerging artist in residence with the Music on Main concert series and was the director of the Ensemble in Residence at the Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts for the 18/19 Academic Year. His performances have garnered him many accolades and awards, including an interpretation prize at the Stockhausen-Konzert und -Kurse Kürten.


He maintains an active schedule of performances as a freelancer with diverse ensembles in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. In this capacity, he has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Nu:BC Collective, and Aventa Ensemble and has appeared as a soloist with the University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Victoria Symphony, and the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra.


Liam holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from the University of British Columbia. His dissertation, “Performing Complexity,” developed a new analytical perspective to demonstrate how complexism’s distinctive material and conceptual elements (which are often suggested as leaving the performer no room for interpretation or expression) engage with unique forms of performer agency. His research was supported by a prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) and a University of British Columbia Doctoral Fellowship. Liam also holds a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor’s degree (with distinction) from the University of Victoria. His teachers have included Cris Inguanti, François Houle, Patricia Kostek, Earl Thomas, and Christian Gossart.

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Wolf Edwards - Um allein zu kämpfen

for solo bass clarinet and live electronics


Brian Ferneyhough - In Nomine (a 3)

with Mark Takeshi McGregor, piccolo; and Kristen Cooke, oboe

Online Publications

Performing complexity: theorizing performer agency in complexist music (DMA Dissertation, January 2019)

Upcoming Projects


2020-21 Concert Appearances


List of past events (2012-2019)

COVID-19 continues to put many projects on hold. Some projects in the works include:

– Stockhausen TIERKREIS project with flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, this project includes new works by Annette Bosun, Wolf Edwards, Anna Pidgorna, and Hiroki Tsuromoto

– January 2022: performances with the Tsilumos Ensemble as part of the 2022 SALT Festival.

– The Arbour Concert Series will start up again in 2022, with some exciting performances including cellist Kevin McFarland, a Pierluigi Billone concert, and a new work for two bass clarinets and electronics by Wolf Edwards!

19 January, 8PM. University of Victoria School of Music. Aventa Ensemble: Violent, Violent Sea.


31 Jan/1 Feb, 7:30PM, 2 Feb 2PM. Fei and Milton Wong Experiemental Theatre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver. Turning Point Ensemble: Flying White.


COVID-19 projects completed from home:


April 2020

György Kurtág: ...ein Brief aus der Ferne an Ursula...

(Isolation Commissions:  Little Chamber Music | Music on Main)


Duo 1010: Karlheinz Stockhausen — TIERKREIS (arr. Hockley)


May 2020

Duo 1010: Nina Šenk — Srebrno (Silverly) for flute and clarinet


Ray Evanoff: To Overwhelm [Victoria, 22.05.20] for solo B-flat clarinet


June 2020

Jeffrey Ryan: Grace Period

(Unaccompanied: Canadian Music Centre British Columbia | Redshift Music)


August 2020

Duo 1010: Darkness becomes LIGHT!

Curated extracts from Karlheinz Stockhausen's LICHT cycle



28 November, 7:30PM. Livestream (Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria BC). Brahms: Quintet, op. 115 with the Emily Carr String Quartet.

Karlheinz Stockhausen - SUKAT (1989) for alto flute and basset horn

Elliott Carter - Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux (1985) for flute and clarinet

Ray Evanoff - Notables (Jan. 2018 studio recording)

Duo 1010 consists of Stephanie Bell (flutes) and Liam Hockley (clarinets) and was founded while they were students at the University of British Columbia. Both compelling and dedicated performers in their own rights, Duo 1010 takes the major twentieth-century works for flute/clarinet duo as a starting point for their creative work: their core mission is to expand the repertoire for their ensemble and foster musical experimentation across a broad spectrum of aesthetics through intensive collaborations with composers. Duo 1010 has given world and regional premieres of works by Ray Evanoff, Alex Mah, Eva-Maria Houben, and Daniel Brandes; recent performances include KLANGRAUM (Düsseldorf), the Stockhausen-Konzerte und -Kurse Kürten, and A Place to Listen (Victoria) and served as Ensemble in Residence at the Simon Fraser University School for Contemporary Arts during the 2018/19 academic year.

(Link to Stephanie's Biography and Website)

Selected Duo Repertoire:

Antoine Beuger - we are voices

Daniel Brandes - places of refuge... of healing...

Elliott Carter - Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux

Ray Evanoff - Notables (*duo 1010 commission)

Eva-Maria Houben - throngs

Alex Mah - two (*duo 1010 commission)

Giacinto Scelsi - Ko-Lho, Suite

Nina Senk - Srebrno

Karlheinz Stockhausen - SUKAT, TIERKREIS


Selected Duo+Guests Repertoire:

Mark Andre - iv4

Brian Ferneyhough - In nomine (a 3)

Salvatore Sciarrino - Muro d'orrizonte

Karlheinz Stockhausen - BALANCE

Recent Performances

24 August 2019

SALT New Music Festival and Symposium


Works by Max Murray, Nina Senk, Kimia Koochakzadeh Yazdi, and Karlheinz Stockhausen


Open Space

Victoria, BC

This list contains a selection of works that Liam has performed as a soloist or an ensemble musician.

*First performance               ^First North American performance                +First Canadian performance


Andre –

Barrett CHARON

Beuger – dialogues (silences)^

Berio – Sequenza IXa

Boulez – Domaines

Carter – Gra, Steep Steps

Chrysakis – Undercurrent*

Cleare – eyam i (it takes an ocean not to)

Denisov Sonata for Clarinet

Edwards – Um allein zu kämpfen

Evanoff A Series of Postures (clarinet)^, Full*, Narratives*, Ein Kleines FC*

Farrin – Ma Dentro Dove+

Frey – L'ame est sans retenue II^, Mit Schweigen Wird's Gesprochen^

Friedman – Incoronazione+

Hamel – Traces II

Kurtág – Játékok és üzenetek

Lachenmann – Dal Niente (Intérieur III)

Lou – Telegrams^

Manerkirar – twine*

McCormack – RAW MATTER+

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, Maknongan

Sciarrino – Let Me Die Before I Wake


Stravinsky – Three Pieces

Ter Schiphorst – Hi Bill!

Yazdi - Change of Relativity*

+ Piano/Orchestra

Alwyn – Sonata

Berg – Vier Stücke

Bernstein – Sonata

Brahms – Sonatas, op. 120

Copland – Concerto

Debussy – Première Rhapsodie

Gershwin – Three Preludes (arr. Cohn)

Koechlin – 2e Sonate, op. 86

Krenek – Suite, op. 148; Kleine Suite, op. 28

Krommer – Concerto for Two Clarinets

Lutoslawski – Dance Preludes

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 Sonatas 1+2

Ticheli – Concerto

Weber – Concerti No. 1, 2, Concertino,

Grand Duo Concertante

Weinberg – Sonata


Andre – iv4

Bartok – Contrasts

Beethoven – Trio, op. 11

Berio – O King

Boulez – Dérive 1

Brahms – Trio, op. 114; Quintet, op. 115

Carter – Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux, Poems of Louis Zukofsky

Chang – Beyond Shadows

Evanoff – Notables*

Ferneyhough – In Nomine (a 3)

Friedman – Incarnadine*

Haas – Sextett

Kurtág – Duos from Játékok és üzenetek, Hommage à R.Sch.

Lachenmann – Allegro sostenuto

Lim – How Forests Think

Louie – Cadenzas

Messiaen – Quatour pour la fin du temps

Mozart Trio, K. 498; Quintet, K. 522

Murray – Zweite Versuch über Homo Sacer*

Nono – A Pierre. Dell'azzurro silenzio, inquietum

Reich – Double Sextet, Radio Rewrite

Scelsi – Ko-Lho

Schoenberg – Pierrot Lunaire

Sciarrino – Muro d'orizzonte, Omaggio a Burri


Stravinsky – Octet for Winds, Histoire du Soldat

Tenzer – Three Island Duos

Varese – Intégrales, Octandre

Vivier – Kopernikus

Webern – Quartet, op. 22, Concerto, op. 24

Xenakis – Charisma

Zappa – Times Beach II

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

Online lessons (Skype, Facetime, Zoom) can be arranged!


Private/Group Lessons and Clinics

Selected teaching experience:

2019-present: Instructor, Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College

2016-2017: Secondary instrumental private instruction at The University of British Columbia

2009-present: Private teaching studio


Selected recent clinic experience:

January 2020: St. Michael's University School (Victoria, BC)

April 2019: St. George's School (Vancouver, BC)

Jan-Apr. 2018, SFU School for the Contemporary Arts (Vancouver, BC): Composer Readings and Composing for Clarinet

Sept. 2017, Windfest! (The University of British Columbia): Tuning Workshop for Clarinet, Introduction to Contemporary Clarinet

Oct. 2016, Windfest! (The University of British Columbia): Introduction to Contemporary Clarinet Techniques


Rates for private lessons (not those through the Victoria Conservatory/Camosun College):

45 minutes (suitable for younger and beginning band students): $45

60 minutes (suitable for more advanced students and adults): $60


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.


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

Karlheinz Stockhausen, FREIA

Music on Main (Vancouver), April 2018

Photo credit: Jan Gates

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