Endless Season

HOCKET / Rountree

2220 Arts + Archives March 25, 2023

A feature of two LA performer / composers Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff (HOCKET), and the world premiere of a two piano concerto by Wild Up founder, Christopher Rountree.

  • HOCKET is a cutting edge piano duo based in Los Angeles. Lauded as “brilliant” by Mark Swed (LA Times) and as an “adventurous young ensemble” (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 across the country including The Bang on Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, MATA Festival, the Seattle Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Noon to Midnight” Festival. Together, they have premiered over one hundred works for piano duo. HOCKET is a Piano Spheres core artist and a performing artist on the Schoenhut Piano Company Artist Roster.

  • Conductor and composer Christopher Rountree is the artistic director of Wild Up. He has also been co-artistic director of an interdisciplinary ambient series in an oak grove in LA, called SILENCE, curator of the LA Phil’s Fluxus Festival, and Drum Corps International Individuals Euphonium Solo Champion of 2004. He’s made music at Palais Garnier, Lincoln Center, and Mile High Stadium. He is a seventh-generation Californian and lives in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Rountree photo by Maria Govea