Prof. John Hansen
Associate Professor
Piano Performance and Pedagogy

Artists Diploma University of Toronto
MMus University of Toronto
BMus University of Toronto

227 Denton Hall
Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Canada B4P 2R6
T: (902) 585-1512
F: (902) 585-1037


John Hansen was born in England and grew up in Vancouver, BC. He holds the Master of Music Degree in Performance and Literature with Distinction (Patricia Parr) from the University of Toronto where he also received the Artist Diploma and Bachelor of Music Degree (Anton Kuerti). Prior to entering university, John studied with Raymond Trouard in Paris, France. He received numerous Canada Council Grants to continue his training with Jeaneane Dowis in New York City and with Guido Agosti in Italy. John was a member of faculty and the College of Examiners at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto before joining the Acadia University School of Music. He served as Director of the School from 1997 to 2007, a period during which his leadership resulted in a near doubling of the School’s enrolment.

As a performer he is noted for his expressive interpretations and commanding technique. John has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Canada, the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy and Germany. He has collaborated with renowned ensembles such as the Orford, Penderecki, Brunswick, Artur LeBlanc and Vellinger String Quartets. John has appeared as concerto soloist with symphony orchestras including the Vancouver, Seattle, and CBC Toronto orchestras. He is a regularly featured performer on the English and French CBC Radio Networks, and has appeared on the Arts National and En Concert network series.

John was lead pedagogy researcher on the MusicPath project from 2003 to 2005. Supported by a federal funding grant from CANARIE Canada ($388,000), MusicPath is a system of delivering high quality performance and music instruction in real time over the internet. John co-taught students with Marc Durand of the Glenn Gould Professional School, Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, developing new approaches and solutions to pedagogical issues. The MusicPath project received international media attention, including a feature article in the New York Times. The Acadia MusicPath team received the 2004 President’s Award for Innovation.

In recognition of John’s exemplary teaching career, the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations honoured him at their national convention in July, 2009, with the Hugheen Ferguson Distinguished Teacher Award, which was presented “In recognition of outstanding contribution to music education in Canada”.

He has been a jury member for the Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artists Grants and has adjudicated music festivals from coast to coast in Canada and in the U.S. and serves as vice-president of the Canadian Association of Adjudicators. He also serves as vice-president of the Halifax Chapter of the Canadian Music Competitions.