Practice and more practice marks the life of a career musician. Ian Hampton, or Jan to his friends, has practised and played his way to an extraordinary career. A highly acclaimed cellist, educator and administrator, he has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, Edinburgh String Quartet, was principal cellist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, founded the renowned Purcell String Quartet, and is a founder of the Langley Community Music School. In his inventive memoir, Jan in 35 Pieces: A Memoir in Music, Hampton adopts the third person, allowing him to take on a storyteller’s tone as he recounts many colourful stories from his life in classical music. It took Hampton 10 years to write his “mostly true” memoir, his practice once again paying off as Jan in 35 Pieces was a finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize.
Ian Hampton will be appearing with author and violinist Barbara Nickel, who served as editor of Jan in 35 Pieces.
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