Wayne Hankin

Instructor of Music, Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Wayne Hankin, best known for his work with Cirque du Soleil, is a period instrument specialist and has played 400 different instruments over a 30-year career. Specializing in medieval, renaissance and baroque periods, Wayne has mastered instruments played only by a small handful of people in the world including various bagpipes, hornpipes, flutes, whistles, gemshorns, trumps, bone flutes, double reeds and others. There are also instruments made exclusively for his talents of which he is the sole performer. With over 4,000 concerts to his credit, Wayne has played every major city in the United States and Canada, as well as countless venues worldwide. He has performed on 7 productions with Cirque du Soleil, most recently Totem. His varied career includes hundreds of performances for leading theater companies, and he has served as musical director for theSchaubühne, Long Wharf Theater, Alley Theater, Center Stage, BAM and the Odeon Paris. Recorded work includes major labels: ECM, RCA, BMG, and SONY, appearances on television networks CBS, ABC, NBC, HBO, and BRAVO as well as his conducting debut at the Houston Grand Opera. For television, he has consulted and performed solo for projects as varied as Miss Spider to Breaking Bad and solo on major Hollywood films from Resident Evil II to The Lego Movie. With over 300 works composed for period instruments, Wayne has received numerous awards and commissions from the ASCAP Awards to the National Endowment for the Arts. His film debut in 7 SOLOS was awarded best short subject at The World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington D.C.