HOCKET is a cutting edge piano duo based in Los Angeles. Lauded as “brilliant” by Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times and as an "adventurous young ensemble" by The New Yorker, members Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff are both pianist-composers dedicated to commissioning and performing contemporary music. They have performed in some of the most exciting festivals and venues across the country including The Bang on Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, MATA Festival in New York City, The Center for New Music in San Francisco, and the Carlsbad Music Festival. Together, they have premiered over one hundred chamber and solo works and have collaborated with the premier, new music ensembles eighth blackbird and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. HOCKET has received grants from the Presser Foundation and The Earle Brown Music Foundation and has been a selected artist in Firebird Ensemble's Outstanding Young Artists Initiative. HOCKET is a performing artist on the Schoenhut Piano Company Artist Roster.
HOCKET's 2016/2017 season will include performances at MATA Festival, The University of Georgia, The University of Southern California, The University of California - Los Angeles, The University of California - Riverside, The University of California - Santa Barbara, and Webster University in St. Louis amongst others.
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Sarah Gibson is a composer, pianist, conductor, and educator who has been called “a serious talent to watch” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Her works have received recognition including the Victor Herbert ASCAP award, NFMC Marion Richter American Music Composition Award, and first place in the 2010 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest. Gibson has performed with and had compositions performed by soprano Lindsay Kesselman, members of eighth blackbird, the L.A. Composer’s Project What’s Next? Festival, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, USC Thornton Edge, the USC Symphony, and at various venues across the United States and in Europe. In 2013, Sarah wrote the piano reduction for Stephen Hartke’s Clarinet Concerto, published by Keiser Classical. She is also published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company and Mostly Marimba Productions. Sarah passionately and frequently performs and premieres new works both as a pianist and conductor and has done so since high school. In 2005, Sarah debuted with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Donald Runnicles.
Sarah received Bachelor of Music Degrees with high honors in Piano and Composition from Indiana University, a Masters of Music degree in Composition at the University of Southern California where she was named Outstanding Graduate, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in composition, also at USC, with minors in Collaborative Piano, Theory, and Conducting. Sarah has been a Teaching Assistant for USC Thornton Edge, for Theory and Aural Skills, as well as Assistant to Frank Ticheli in the Junior Composition Class. Currently, she is an Assistant Lecturer in Freshmen Theory and Aural Skills at USC and also Teaching Artist for the esteemed Composer Fellowship Program and Associate Composer Program with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Sarah’s principal composition teachers have included Stephen Hartke, Donald Crockett, Don Freund, Sven-David Sandström, and Claude Baker. Her principal piano teachers have included Evelyne Brancart, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Laura Gordy, and Jonathan Feldman.
A native of Los Angeles, Thomas Kotcheff has been establishing himself in Southern California as a successful composer and pianist. As a performer, he has won numerous competitions and has had many notable performances including collaborating with eighth blackbird at the MusicX Festival in Blonay, Switzerland, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14 in Austria with the Vienna Residence Orchestra, premiering his own Piano Concerto with the USC Thornton Symphony, and chamber performances in Great Britain, Czech Republic, and Germany.
Thomas holds degrees in composition and piano performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and The University of Southern California where he is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music in music composition.
As a new music pianist, Thomas has dedicated himself to commissioning and premiering new piano works. In addition to HOCKET, Thomas is the pianist in What's Next? Ensemble and The University of Southern California's Thornton Edge and has performed with The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble as well as the Riot Ensemble in London, UK.
For more information visit www.ThomasKotcheff.com