Canadian clarinetist Liam Hockley is a versatile musician, equally at home in the standard classical canon as in new music, jazz, and improvisation. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance at the University of British Columbia. Hockley’s dissertation, “Performing Complexity,” examines performer agency in works that feature musical/physical aporia, hyper-extended instrumental techniques, and complex notational systems.
In addition to the classical canon, Hockley’s repertoire encompasses major works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and his advocacy for new repertoire leads him to regular collaborations with Canadian and international composers on innovative new works. Recent performances include premieres of new works by Ray Evanoff, Thanos Chrysakis, and Joan Arnau Pàmies, as well as the North American premieres of works by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Jürg Frey. Hockley has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including an interpretation prize at the 16th Stockhausen-Konzert und -Kurse Kürten in 2015.
Hockley maintains an active schedule of performances as a freelancer with diverse chamber ensembles, and has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, and Vancouver New Music. He has appeared as a soloist with the the University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble (2016), the Victoria Symphony (2011), and the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra (2009).
Hockley holds a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia, and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria, graduating with distinction in clarinet performance. His teachers have included François Houle, Cris Inguanti, Patricia Kostek, Earl Thomas, and Christian Gossart.