Clare Hammond

Piano

"Hammond keeps us enthralled to the last bar"

The Telegraph

"A pianist of extraordinary gifts"

Gramophone Magazine

"A star interpreter of contemporary music"

The Observer

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Acclaimed as a “pianist of extraordinary gifts” (Gramophone) and “immense power” (The Times), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances. In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society's 'Young Artist Award' in recognition of outstanding achievement and in 2020 she was engaged to perform at the International Piano Series (Southbank Centre). Performances during the pandemic included recitals for the Wigmore Hall and Aldeburgh Music, a live recital broadcast for BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts from St David’s Cardiff, and broadcast recordings of Moussa and Carwithen with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Geoffrey Paterson) and BBC Concert Orchestra (Gavin Sutherland).

During 2020-21, Clare was engaged to perform with the Britten Sinfonia (Ryan Wigglesworth), Sinfonia Varsovia (Jacek Kaspszyk), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Christoph Altstaedt) and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Dalia Stasevska). In recent seasons, she has performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Jacek Kaspszyk), and Philharmonia (Jamie Phillips). Clare gave the world premiere of Uncoiling The River by Kenneth Hesketh with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Martyn Brabbins) and released the Complete Keyboard Works of Myslivecek with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Nicholas McGegan) for BIS Records in 2019.

Clare’s discs for BIS have been widely praised with her latest, Variations, receiving extensive critical approval. The disc was commended for its “shimmering pianism and lightly-worn virtuosity” (BBC Music Magazine) and “artistry of the highest order” (Musical Opinion), while Crescendo (Belgium) hailed her as “one of the most exploratory pianistic personalities of our time”. Clare’s discography includes world premiere recordings of over twenty works.

Clare completed a BA at Cambridge University, where she obtained a double first in music, and undertook postgraduate study with Ronan O’Hora at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

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Variations

BIS Records, February 2021

Hammond keeps us enthralled to the last bar

Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

In a relatively short time, Clare Hammond has established herself as a pianist of impressive abilities who avidly explores repertory of the past century, along with the music of her contemporaries...Hammond’s grasp of this formidable intellectual edifice is secure throughout, abetted by a beguiling colour palette, unfailing textural clarity and plenty of rhythmic vigour...Ultimately this is a richly wide-ranging, deftly chosen programme, exhibiting intellectual curiosity and probity, played by a pianist of extraordinary gifts. Hammond also supplies her own keenly intelligent annotations. Highly recommended.

Patrick Rucker, Gramophone

A player of immense power, tightly harnessed now to the moment’s expressive need...you emerge from this album largely refreshed and enlightened by her formidable technique, lack of preening and insatiable repertoire probing. And her neatest discovery? Surely it’s Helmut Lachenmann’s unusually benign Schubert Variations of 1956, an early work that never once suggests his later amazing activities subjecting instrumental sounds to the equivalent of vivisection.

Geoff Brown, The Times

Shimmering pianism and lightly-worn virtuosity

Paul Riley, BBC Music Magazine

The displays of invention can be dazzling, especially in the way Hammond programmes them

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

This is an impeccably programmed album of variations from the 20th and 21st centuries...The Birtwistle is laudably unhurried, with Hammond again finding beauty in dissonance...A questing, highly intelligent pianist… stunningly recorded at the height of her powers

Colin Clarke, International Piano

One of the most exploratory pianistic personalities of our time

Jean Lacroix, Crescendo

Artistry of the highest order

Paul Conway, Musical Opinion

Splendid interpretations from a great pianist

Carsten Dürer, Piano News Germany

Jaw-dropping dexterity

Textura Canada

Astonishing technical refinement

Rémy Franck, Pizzicato

Myslivecek

BIS Records, March 2019

Sprightliness abounds in the concertos and short pieces gathered here, delivered with deliciously unfussy poise and elegance on a modern Steinway, crisply supported by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the conductor Nicholas McGegan

Geoff Brown, The Times

Perfectly judged tone

Erica Jeal, The Guardian

A more than impeccable performance

Sophie Bourdais, Télérama

Very sincere and tastefully eloquent

Rémy Franck, Pizzicato

Sie geht mit Feuer, Esprit eine Verkündigungseifer zu Werke

Rainer W. Janke, Klassik Heute

Kenneth Hesketh: Horae (pro clara)

BIS Records, April 2016

A star interpreter of contemporary music

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

A winning combination of technical subtlety and expressive spontaneity

Arnold Whittall, Gramophone

Flawless transparency and technique

Dr Hartmut Lück, Klassik Heute

Magnificently interpreted by Clare Hammond

Le Disquaire

When she gets her claws out, Clare Hammond is impressive

Pierre Rigaudière, Diapason

Selected reviews

The young British rising star Clare Hammond was a dazzling athlete

Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

Appealing delicacy

Brian Barford, Classical Source

Clare Hammond was the nimble soloist

Andrew Clements, The Guardian

I sniff the air to see if I can small smoke coming from the ivories

Thomas Hannah, Line of Best Fit

Exceptional musicianship

Paul Conway, Musical Opinion

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