Before joining the Music Department at Concordia College as the cello and double bass teacher, Dr. Hamilton was the Executant Senior Lecturer of Cello at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Prior to this he taught at Illinois State University for ten years where he was a founding member of the Ricard Piano Trio. While in New Zealand, Dr Hamilton made many solo appearances, including frequent recital tours and a concerto engagement under the baton of Werner Andreas Albert. Called “a master of the instrument” by the Otago Daily Times, Hamilton’s playing was heard throughout the country on Concert-FM Radio New Zealand broadcasts. He also served as president of the String Teachers Association of New Zealand Aotearoa and was a national adjudicator for the Chamber Music New Zealand competition.
Hamilton is a former member of the Columbus Symphony and has toured and recorded in the Houston Symphony. Highlights from his extensive international travels include working with underprivileged children in Argentina, appearing in live broadcasts on German Public Radio of Cologne, participating in the William Pleeth masterclasses at the Aldeburgh Festival, and performing chamber music at the Festival dei due Mondi (Italy) and the Canterbury Music Festival (England). He also served as principal cello of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Charleston, South Carolina and the Festival dei due Mondi in Italy.
Dr. Hamilton received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas, which culminated in a lecture recital on the origins of cello literature and performance. Prior to this he was a student of Bernard Greenhouse at Rutgers University, Raya Garbousova at Northern Illinois University and Richard Kapuscinski at the Oberlin Conservatory.
In 2011 his solo CD “The Hollywood Cello”, featuring works by film composers of the Golden Era, was released by Soundset Recordings. This recording received considerable attention, including Fanfare Magazine: “Hamilton has cleverly assembled a program unlikely to duplicate anything in your collection. He plays these works with no shortage of expression and affection, and that goes far toward making this disc a first class release.”