Throughout the last decade, classical pianist and music educator Luke Hancock has developed his pedagogical expertise and philosophy through a combination of world-class training, extensive teaching experiences, and performance opportunities. He strives to communicate artistically through performance while remaining dedicated to the mentorship of aspiring pianists.
While pursuing an undergraduate degree in piano performance, Mr. Hancock won first prize in every major state competition, including MTNA Young Artist, State Fair Competition, and UMTA Concerto Competition. A two-time winner of the USU Concerto Competition, he performed Serge Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini under the direction of Maestro Sergio Bernal. He has received top awards at the Grand Junction Young Artists Concerto Competition and the Idaho Federation of Music Club Competition. Additionally, he has been a semifinalist in national and international competitions throughout Colorado, Michigan, and Texas. Recently, he performed a solo recital including all of Frederic Chopin’s Etudes, op. 10.
Collaboratively, Luke has accompanied regional and national competitors in ten states since 2003. He has performed over a dozen recitals with various instrumentalists within the USU music program and has accompanied pre-college pianists for annual Utah Symphony Salute to Youth auditions. In masterclass settings, he has worked with renowned guest artists including Jerome Lowenthal, Norman Kriger, Andre-Michel Schub, Robert McDonald, and Stephen Hough.
Pedagogically, Mr. Hancock has collectively taught over 40 semesters of college courses at Utah State University, including theory, aural skills, keyboarding, collaboration, and private instruction. He currently has a private studio of 20 pre-college students and piano majors. In recent years, he’s focused on the physiological mechanics of piano technique relating to the entirety of a well-rounded musicianship. In addition to teaching privately, he has been a teaching assistant to Professor Gary Amano and has also team-taught with Professor Dennis Hirst. Mr. Hancock’s students have received top awards at USU’s annual Piano Festival and various regional concerto competitions. Since 2008, he has directed the USU Summer Piano Clinic, a weeklong camp for aspiring young pianists.
Luke was honored with Utah State University's prestigious William E. Robins Talent of the Year Award in 2007. He received his Master of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Utah State University in 2010. He is currently an adjunct faculty member for the piano department and classroom instructor for the music department. When he isn’t practicing or teaching, he enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, delicious food, yoga, and hanging out with his cat Henry.