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Honorary degree for cellist Ian Hampton

October 04, 2011

Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;

Ian Hampton
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Note: Hampton is one of four distinguished individuals to be honored by SFU this week. Others include former Musqueam chief Wendy Grant-John, author William Deverell, and ecologist C.S. (Buzz) Holling.

An honorary degree will be conferred on Ian Hampton, renowned cellist and Langley Community Music School (LCMS) artistic director emeritus, on Thursday, Oct. 6 (2:30 p.m.) during Simon Fraser University’s Fall Convocation.

A former member of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Academy of St. Martin's in the Fields (ASMF), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and CBC Radio Orchestra, Hampton was also a founding member of the Purcell String Quartet from 1968-89, which was SFU's quartet-in-residence from 1972-82.

Hampton is known for his sensitive musicianship, superb tone and a commanding technique. He is equally at home with late 17th-century works as with those of later periods, although he is especially fond of pieces from the first half of the 20th century.

Hampton's musical career began in the U.K. where he was a member of the LSO and the ASMF. He moved to Canada in 1966, becoming principal cellist with the VSO and the CBC orchestra.

Hampton spent more than 30 years with the Langley Community Music School where he remains a faculty member. In 1999, he received the B.C. Arts Council award for his extraordinary contribution as a performer, teacher and administrator.

In 2009, Hampton was named a Canadian Music Centre ambassador for his contribution to Canadian new music.


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