Considered one of the major performers of his generation, Wayne specializes in preclassical winds with over 4000 performances to his credit worldwide. He has mastered instruments played only by a small handful of people on the planet 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
Wayne is best known for his 8 productions with Cirque du Soleil, most recently Toruk, based on James Cameron’s Avatar. Along with his credits in the classical and circus world Wayne is no stranger to film and television. His most recent film credits include Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and The Lego Movie, and television’s Breaking Bad and Disney’s Princess Adventures. His most recent performances for video games include Pixel Privateers and Hero’s Charge.
Wayne’s film debut in 7 Solos earned him Best Short Subject at the World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington DC. He has received over 30 awards and grants from various organizations including ASCAP, Meet the Composer and The National Endowment of the Arts.
Wayne is also a conductor; he made his debut at Houston Grand Opera conducting Meredith Monk’s Atlas . He returned to the world of opera in 2018, performing with the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra in Kevin Puts Silent Night. As a composer, Wayne’s music was recently performed by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. His next orchestral performance as guest artist will be with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Spring of 2019.
Wayne teaches all over the country with major residencies at the Chautauqua Institution and the Interlochen Arts Academy. He would like to thank his major teachers Shelley Gruskin, David Hart, Michael Schneider and Mattius Maute who helped shape his technique and musicianship. His latest project is JUBO which is designed to turn our nation into a nation of music makers by way of a simple instrument that is affordable and easy to play.
The most directly communicative playing came from Wayne Hankin who played bagpipes with the soulful abandon of a medieval John Coltrane —- New York Times
One carried away memories of Rameau’s unceasing invention, delicacy and shapeliness. There highpoint amid so much that was bewitching were a pastoral sequence in Act 1 colored by Wayne Hankin’s musette whose innocence and charm, so cannily contrived could melt a heart harder then Bels
—-Andrew Porter, The New Yorker
For more about Wayne, please visit his website.