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Hahn, Christopher

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Area: 
Piano
Phone: 
243-6490
Room: 
Mus 207
Dr. Christopher Hahnmaintains a multifaceted career as pianist, adjudicator, clinician and author.  He has been featured as a solo and collaborative artist throughout North America and Europe.  He has performed in recital at Carnegie Hall—Weill Recital Hall, The Music Gallery in Toronto, the Haydnsaal in Eisenstadt, Austria, the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, the National Saxophone Conference at Northwestern University, and the International Horn Competition of America.  He has had the honor of performing for the Archbishop Desmond Tutu with the Metropolitan Opera’s Leona Mitchell, and has also performed with such recognized artists as flutist Christina Jennings, trumpet/piano virtuoso Guy Few, pianist Lydia Brown, violinists Timothy Fain and Eugenia Choi, cellist Amit Peled, and Russian dissident poet, Evgeny Yevtushenko.  He has collaborated with composers David Maslanka, Libby Larsen, and Samuel Adler.
 
Hahn pursued his early training through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and has since furthered his study of performing and teaching in Canada, the United States, and Europe.  He holds the Associate Diploma in Performance from the Royal Conservatory, and both the Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas in Performance from Trinity College of Music in London, England. His mentors include Ralph Votapek, Sonja Behrens, Edward Gates, Jamie Parker, Lucien Hut and Virginia Blaha.  Additional performance studies include sessions at the Orford Center for Advanced Musical Studies in Québec (Anton Kuerti), the Adamant Music School (Menahem Pressler), the University of Michigan (Louis Nagel), the Royal Conservatory of Music (Andrew Markow), and private study in Verneuil-sur-Avre, France (Jean-Paul Sevilla).  He has coached with Yefim Bronfman, Constance Keene, Angela Cheng, Yong Hi Moon, and Marilyn Horne, and has received extensive chamber music coaching from members of the Penderecki String Quartet and the Gryphon Trio.
 
Along with his duo partner, Karen Beres, ChristopherHahn maintains an active schedule as a member of the CanAm Piano Duo. The duo won the Silver Medal at the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, and received a Distinguished Ranking at the 2009 IBLA Grand Prize competition in Ragusa, Italy.  As avid proponents of contemporary music, Karen and Christopherperform a varied repertoire of new works and masterpieces of the twentieth century alongside more traditional works for the genre.  The Duo recently released a CD on the Albany Records entitled This Is The World featuring their commissioned work for two pianos and percussion by David Maslanka.  The review in the American Record Guide states, “these players are impressive, and their work should interest all devotees of the piano four-hands genre.”
 
The CanAm Piano Duo is frequently engaged to present recitals, master classes and workshops in the United States, Canada and Europe, including the MTNA National Conference, the World Piano Conference in Serbia, and the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria.  They are also extensively involved in music education and have been recognized for their motivating programs for students of all ages.  The Duo will release a book with Alfred Music Publishing in 2015 entitled The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Performance and Teaching Concertos.  Visit them at www.canampianoduo.com for more information. 
 
Dr. Hahn is in demand as an accomplished teacher, adjudicator and clinician.  He is a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music in both piano and piano pedagogy, and is currently involved in designing the Piano Pedagogy Certification Program for the 2015 Piano Syllabus.  A nationally certified teacher of music (NCTM) and Past-President of the Montana State Music Teachers Association, Hahn was recently elected to serve on the MTNA Board of Directors as Division Director-elect for the Northwest Region for the 2014-2018 term.  His students from the University of Montana have been featured on the NPR program From the Top, as national finalists in theMTNA Chamber Music Competition in Toronto, Canada, and with orchestras in the Northwest.  They have been accepted into prestigious programs such as the Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music, The University of Michigan and Florida State University.  The Keyboard Society at the University of Montana was awarded the MTNA Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award with Hahn as their advisor. Dr. Hahn established the Celebrate Piano Series to bring performances by rising artists such as Spencer Myer, Anderson & Roe, and Stephen Beus to Missoula audiences. 
 
Dr.  Hahn is an associate professor of piano where he teaches piano and piano pedagogy.
 

Education: 
DMA, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, The University of Oklahoma
MM, Piano Performance, Michigan State University
BM, Piano Performance, Wilfrid Laurier University
 
Fellowship Diploma in Performance, Trinity College of London
Licentiate Diploma in Performance, Trinity College of London
Associate Diploma in Performance, Royal Conservatory of Music