Eric Hansen

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Eric Hansen received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, followed by two years of DMA studies at the University of Maryland College Park.

His professional ensemble experience includes Principal Bass with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Opera, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Musik Barock Ensemble, the Talbot Chamber Orchestra, the Great Music West Festival Orchestra, and the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington D.C.

As a section member he has played with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony of Virginia, the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, and played part-time with the Utah Symphony, the National Symphony, the Wolf Trapp Theater, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa.

As a chamber artist/soloist, Hansen has performed with Concert Artists of Baltimore, BYU Faculty Chamber Players, CBC Radio, Seagram’s Crown Royal Recital, the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society, Groundswell, Musick Barock Ensemble, the du Maurier Arts New Music Festival, the Bravo Arts channel, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

In 1997 with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Hansen gave the Manitoba premier of Jon Deak's Concerto for Contrabass and Orchestra: Jack and the Beanstalk. In 2008, Hansen performed as part of the International Double Reed Society convention.

In addition to attending the Aspen School of Music and performing in Masterclass for Ludwig Streicher, Hansen's teachers have included Audrey Bush, Harold Robinson, Eugene Levinson, Stuart Sankey and Lawrence Wolfe.

In 2012 Hansen led the Prague Conservatory Project.
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Dr. Valenta and daughter Regina with Dr. Hansen and members of the double bass studio
This project was funded in part by the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts. Ten double bass students from BYU and their professor, Hansen, had the opportunity to attend the Prague Conservatory for a week. Students spent time in and around the Rudolfinum (home of the Czech Philharmonic) and had a special library tour to see original signed manuscripts of scores by Dvorak, Smetana, and others. The BYU bassists also had a chance to meet with, play for, and be critiqued by Professor Jiri Valenta of the Czech Philharmonic. Valenta, who has taught at the conservatory since 1995 and been the head of the double bass department for the last three years, took the time to listen as each BYU bassist played for him. He gave each of them his personal time and feedback, which was a priceless experience for them.

Students were also allowed to sit in on a rehearsal of the conservatory's Chamber Orchestra and experience the caliber of musicianship at the school and throughout the country. The students from the two schools had the opportunity, as a conclusion to the week, to present a joint recital, followed by a formal joint recital featuring the two professors.

Through this project students who live halfway across the world from each other were able to form strong bonds through music. While the scholars were mingling BYU students were able to expand their world vision and also to shine the light of the example of both BYU and the LDS Church. Many of the students commented that they began to see just how special music is and that the whole experience was truly life-changing.

Also in 2012, Hansen took his bass students to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, in order to attend master classes and collaborative events with the Gnessin Academy of Music and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. The trip was funded by a grant from the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts.

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