Opus 3 Welcomes Steve Hackman to the Roster

09.23.18
Steve Hackman

Opus 3 Artists is thrilled to welcome visionary conductor, composer, and innovator Steve Hackman to our roster. Steve is a daring voice leading the charge among a new generation of classical musicians intent on redefining the genre. Equally adept in classical and popular forms, his breadth of musical fluency and technique is uncanny; he is at once a composer, conductor, producer, DJ, arranger, songwriter, singer, pianist, and even rapper. He uses those wide-ranging abilities to create ingenious hybrid compositions that blur the lines between high and pop art and challenge our very definitions thereof. 

Hackman's unique style of musical metamorphosis sees modern musical techniques applied to the classical repertoire and vice versa. The result is evocative hybrid works that are both derivative yet wholly original. He synthesizes Brahms and Radiohead, Bartók and Björk, and Tchaikovsky and Drake into epic orchestral tone-poems; re-imagines Stravinsky and Shostakovich into original orchestral-electronic concept albums; samples Verdi and Debussy and interpolates them into hip-hop tracks; writes songs with hidden melodies of Beethoven embedded. 

His performances of these pieces have surprised and thrilled diverse sellout audiences across the country, including with the orchestras of Seattle, Pittsburgh, the Boston Pops, Nashville, Oregon, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Columbus, Charlotte, Florida, Alabama, and the Colorado Music Festival. 

In May of 2018 Hackman's dream of assembling an orchestra of like-minded, creative virtuosos became a reality with the debut concert of STEREO HIDEOUT: BROOKLYN at the Kings Theatre. Of the evening's main piece Brahms V. Radiohead, Grammy.com wrote, "Hackman re-composed and compiled something so creative and special yet so natural and real." Stereo Hideout is a hand-picked ensemble of the creme de la creme of young classical musicians in New York City, many of whom are multi-genre composers, arrangers, songwriters, and musical disruptors themselves. Their concerts will continue to feature Hackman's hybrid and original works, guest artists, and showcase projects of the orchestra members.

Upcoming engagements for Hackman include debuts with the Colorado Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic, as well as returns to Seattle, Oregon, Nashville, Indianapolis and others.