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Hahn, Christopher

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Christopher Hahnhas performed as a solo and collaborative artist throughout North America and Europe.  He has been featured in recital at Carnegie Hall—Weill Recital Hall, The Music Gallery in Toronto, 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.
Christopher maintains an active schedule as a member of the CanAm Piano Duo.  Along with his duo partner, Karen Beres, they 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 Christopher perform 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 for more information. 
A native of Canada, Christopher 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.  Christopher 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.
Christopher 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 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.
Christopher is an associate professor of piano at the University of Montana.