Jason Hardink

Jason HardinkWelcome to the website of pianist Jason Hardink, Artistic Director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series and Principal Keyboard of the Utah Symphony. This season he is a Visiting Guest Artist at Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, where he will teach a studio of 7 piano majors. Events during the 2017-18 season include performances of Michael Hersch’s 2.5 hour solo piano cycle The Vanishing Pavilions, the Chausson Concerto with Madeline Adkins and the Fry Street Quartet, performances of Le carnaval des animaux Kimi Kawashima, Thierry Fischer and the Utah Symphony (for later release on Hyperion as a live recording), several solo piano recitals at Utah State University, and the world premiere of a new concerto for piano and chamber ensemble by Inés Thiebaut on the NOVA Chamber Music Series.
A fearless interpreter of large-scale piano works both modern and historical, Jason Hardink’s recent repertoire includes the complete Michael Hersch The VanishingJason Hardink Pavilions, Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus, the Liszt Transcendental Etudes paired with the Boulez Notations, and Wolfgang Rihm’s numbered Klavierstücke, all of which he performs from memory. Recent performances include his debut at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music as soloist in the North American premiere of Gerald Barry’s Piano Concerto with conductor Cristian Macelaru. Next September he performs on the opening concert of the Utah Symphony 2018-19 season as soloist for Andrew Norman’s piano concerto Suspend.
Much sought after as a chamber musician, Mr. Hardink has collaborated with violinists Augustin Hadelich, Nicola Benedetti, and Phillip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet. He has appeared on chamber music series all over the U.S., including Music in Context, fEARnoMUSIC, Music on the Hill, Aperio Music of the Americas, and the Pittsburgh New Music Jason HardinkEnsemble. Hardink has performed solo works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms on period instruments, and he has toured Norway with violinist Tor Johan Bøen performing the Grieg Sonatas for Violin and Piano on an 1853 Blüthner. In Salt Lake City he has worked with noted guest composers such as Tristan Murail and Frederic Rzewski as a member of the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble, and he has premiered works by Utah composers Morris Rosenzweig, Steve Ricks, Miguel Chuaqui, and Steve Roens.
Mr. Hardink has appeared as guest recitalist and adjudicator for both the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and the Oberlin International Piano Competition. He has recently served as guest artist for the University of Utah Summer Chamber Music Workshop and the Idaho State University Summer Piano Institute. A graduate of both Oberlin Conservatory and the Shepherd School of Music, Hardink holds a DMA from Rice University, where he studied withWoodbridge Brian Connelly; his Doctoral thesis “Messiaen and Plainchant” explores the varying levels of influence that Gregorian chant exerted on the music of Olivier Messiaen. Mr. Hardink resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he holds the position of Principal Keyboard with the Utah Symphony and Visiting Guest Artist at the Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University. He is married to pianist Kimi Kawashima, and they are parents of twin boys, Luc and Derek.

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