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Jan in 35 Pieces: A Memoir in Music
Written by Ian Hampton
Published by Porcupine’s Quill


Cellist Ian Hampton has created a lyrical reflection on the world of music and classical composers and musicians in the seven decades since World War II. Beautifully written, the book is structured around thirty-five pieces of memorable music. In vivid strokes, Hampton introduces us to the great conductors, performers and composers he encountered as a musician in England, California and finally, the west coast of Canada. Along the way, he introduces us to some of the finest music the world has produced. By turns reflective and humorous, this beautifully paced book chronicles the trials and triumphs of a life devoted to music and defined by the people he worked with and loved.


“... the most conceptually stimulating, the most musically informative, the most structurally exceptional, and the most entertaining narrative writing in the autobiography genre that it's been my good fortune to have cross my aging path in one hell of a long time.”
Dr. Cam Trowsdale, former concertmaster, CBC and VOA orchestras; Professor Emeritus, UBC




Ian Hampton

is an acclaimed cellist, educator and administrator. After stints with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Edinburgh String Quartet, he taught in the USA, before moving to Canada to become principal cellist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He is the Artistic Director Emeritus of the Langley Community Music School and other accolades include a BC Arts Council Award for his extraordinary contribution as a performer, teacher and administrator. In 2009, he was named a Canadian Music Centre ambassador, and in 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University. He lives near Vancouver.