Pianist Jason Hardink is the Artistic Director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series and Principal Symphony Keyboard of the Utah Symphony. His performances include a wide-ranging repertoire of music by living composers and works of the historical canon. Recent performances include concerti with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, and the Saginaw Bay and Lubbock Symphony Orchestras; and a cycle of four solo recitals situating the late piano music of Franz Schubert in dialogue with works by Second Viennese School composers, the complete Liszt Transcendental Etudes paired with the Douze Notations of Boulez, and Olivier Messiaen’s monumental Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus.
As a chamber musician, Hardink has recently collaborated in recital with violinist Nicola Benedetti, with violinist Phillip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet and world-renowned soprano Celena Shafer. 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 Ensemble. His leadership of the NOVA Chamber Music Series has created a dynamic environment through which audience and performers experience music both new and old; and it earned him a 2016 Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artist Award.
Hardink has appeared as guest recitalist and adjudicator for the Gina Bachauer and the Oberlin International Piano Competitions. He has recently served as guest artist for the University of Utah Summer Chamber Music Workshop and the Idaho State University Summer Piano Institute. Hardink holds a DMA from Rice University; and is married to pianist Kimi Kawashima, with whom he has twin sons.
He makes his Festival debut as featured soloist in the U.S. premiere of Gerald Barry’s Piano Concerto on Friday, August 11, 2017.
photo by Duston Todd