Dr. Christopher Hahn, University of Montana
Dr. Christopher Hahn maintains a multifaceted career as pianist, adjudicator, clinician and author. He has been featured as a solo and collaborative artist throughout North America and Europe, and has performed in recital at Carnegie Hall—Weill Recital Hall, The Music Gallery in Toronto, and the Haydnsaal in Eisenstadt, Austria. He 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, Charles Nichols, and Samuel Adler.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Hahn maintains an active schedule as a member of the CanAm Piano Duo with his partner, Karen Beres. 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. The duo has a recording on the Albany Records label entitled This Is The World featuring their commissioned work for two pianos and percussion by renowned composer, David Maslanka. Christopher and Karen are much-sought after as pedagogues, and have served as featured presenters at state conferences and many universities and conservatories. They have published a book with Alfred Music entitled The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Performance and Teaching Concertos which features reviews and provides leveling of over 270 concerti.
As a pedagogue, Dr. Hahn is frequently engaged as a clinician, adjudicator, teacher, and master class artist. Dr. Hahn also serves as keyboard division chair and is professor of piano and piano pedagogy at the University of Montana where he teaches undergraduate and graduate students. The recipient of Meritorious Teaching Awards on three occasions, his students have been featured on the NPR program From the Top, as national finalists in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition in Toronto, Canada, as soloists with orchestras in the Northwest, and have been selected as winners of various competitions in the region, including the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras Concerto Competition and the Frances Walton/Ladies Musical Club Competition in Seattle. Dr. Hahn is the pianist for the Montana Piano Trio at the University of Montana, and serves as the principle keyboardist for the Missoula Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Hahn serves as the artistic director of the Celebrate Piano Series at the University of Montana, which brings world-class artists to the university for Missoula audiences.