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 – ...in...
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 – ...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
Webern – Concerto, Op. 24
Webern – Quartet, Op. 22
Xenakis – Charisma
2017 Concert Appearances
Messiaen: Quatour pour la fin du temps
with Domagoj Ivanovic, violin, Laine Longton, cello,
and Angelique Po, piano
Friday-Sunday, January 27-29 (8PM, 3PM Sun.)
Frank Zappa Meets Varese and Oswald
with Turning Point Ensemble
Sunday, March 5th (2:30PM)
Águas de Março: Music from Brazil
Liam Hockley Quartet
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
Friday, May 12th (7PM)
Bozzini Quartet Performer’s Kitchen
Sunday, May 28th (4PM)
Mahler - Kindertotenlieder
with Nu:BC Ensemble and guests
(arr. Alfredo Santa Ana)
July 6 and 8 (7:30PM)
Claude Viver – Kopernikus
Eric Harvie Theatre
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
—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
Karlheinz Stockhausen - LIBRA
für Baßklarinette und Elektronische Musik (Nr. 42 2/3, 1977)
...es kömmt drauf an, sie zu verändern. (2015)
(for one instrumentalist, four clarinets, and amplification)
Joan Arnau Pàmies | distribution by Liam Hockley
Elliott Carter - Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux (1985)
with Stephanie Bell, flute
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Xi für Klarinette
*prize-winning performance at the 2015 Stockhausen-Kurse und Konzerte Kürten
"Conflicting Messages: Performer Agency in Contemporary Aestheitcs"
(FOCI Arts—March 25, 2016)
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.