Meet the 2019 Writers


This event sponsored by: Talewind Books


2:30 pm ~ Friday ~ August 16

Ian Hampton

with Barbara Nickel

Ian Hampton
Photo by J. L. Walter

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.

More on Ian Hampton:

Classical music: Ian Hampton pens an insider’s guide to the profession

Cellist Ian Hampton chronicles his life in classical music in Taylor Prize-nominated memoir

Talking with Music Master Ian Hampton about his book Jan In 35 Pieces