Dr. Corey Hamm
Professor, Piano and Chamber Music
Co-Director UBC Contemporary Players
BMus (Alta.), MMus, DMA (Minn.)
Music Building 307
Dr. Corey Hamm has commissioned, premiered and recorded over 200 solo, chamber and concerto works from composers from all over the world.
His CD of Frederic Rzewski’s hour-long solo piano epic The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Redshift Records) was nominated for Best Classical Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and Rzewski himself said it was “Excellent! Maybe the best recording!”. He also has a new CD, Beyond Shadows (Redshift Records), with his ensemble The Nu:BC Collective, plus a soon-to-be-released CD of solo works written for him by Hamel, Morlock, Nobles, Chang, and Godin, and a CD of the music of Jocelyn Morlock on Naxos.
Corey is also part of an exciting duo with erhu virtuoso Nicole Li, PEP (Piano and Erhu Project). They have three CD volumes of over forty new works for piano and erhu written for them coming out in 2014/15 (Redshift Records). PEP will be touring China in 2015.
WATCH: Corey Hamm (piano) and Nicole Li (erhu) perform "Birds in Warped Time II" by Somei Satoh
Corey was soloist in the World Premiere of Jordan Nobles’ Piano Concerto with Bramwell Tovey and the VSO, and recently performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Faure’s Fantasie, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Hamm is in demand as an adjudicator and teacher in Asia, and North America. He is Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he received the Killam Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching. There, he also Co-Directs the Contemporary Players. He is on the Piano Faculty of the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. His beloved teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Marek Jablonski, Stéphane Lemelin, Ernesto Lejano, and Thelma Johannes O’Neill.