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Peter Hannan: Biography

Peter Hannan
1953 -
Region: British Columbia

Peter Hannan

PETER HANNAN, composer, performer, b. Montréal 19 March 1953; B. Mus. (University of British Columbia) 1975, Certificate of Advanced Studies (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London) 1978. In 1979-1980 he studied recorder with Kees Boeke at the Sweelink Conservatory under a Netherlands Government Scholarship and lived in London from 1984 to 1985. He has taught at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Community College but is primarily a freelance composer/performer.

Entirely self-taught as a composer, Hannan was a finalist in the 1980 CBC Radio Competition for Young Composers. He has been commissioned by many of Canada's leading new music ensembles and performers, including ARRAYMUSIC, NUMUS Concerts, Vancouver New Music, the Canadian Electronic Ensemble, The New World Consort, and Rivka Golani. His work Window was commissioned by the Ijsbreker Concert Hall (Amsterdam) in 1988. His work is marked by a strong rhythmic vitality and shows the influence of the "New Hague" School and especially of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen.

Many of his works feature himself as soloist. Hannan is known internationally as a virtuoso interpreter of new music for recorder and has toured extensively as a composer/performer throughout Canada, the U.S., Germany, England, Holland, France and Belgium. His works have been recorded for radio by CBC, WDR Koln, Radio Bremen, HR Frankfurt, Deutschland Funk, BRT Belgium, KRO and VPRO Holland. His book New Recorder: A Guide to New Music and Techniques (Moeck, Germany, 1990) was written with the assistance of a Canada Council Explorations grant.

Hannan's current compositional interests revolve around real time performances of electronic MIDI instruments and especially the MIDI wind controller with which he is now often featured as a performer. Part of this interest has been an exploration of alternate tuning systems as seen in such works as his Harmonia (7 Pieces on the Ancient Greek Harmoniae). Hannan also continues to be an active performer of early music and was a member of the New World Consort from 1982 to 1990.

SOCAN, Canadian League of Composers, Canadian Electroacoustic Community, A. F. of M.

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