Wayne Hankin


Wayne Hankin 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 4000 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 over a hundred performances with Early Music NY. For leading theater companies, Wayne has served as musical director for the Schaubühne, 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 and his conducting debut at the Houston Grand Opera.  He has also performed solo on major Hollywood films from Resident Evil II to Disney’s Princess Adventures. With over 300 works composed for period instruments, Wayne has received numerous awards and commissions from ASCAP Awards to The National Endowment of the Arts, etc. His new film 7 SOLOS was recently awarded best short subject at The World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington DC.


Wayne plays over 400 pre-classical instruments, fluent in German, early French, strophic Latin, golf, English Country Dancing, Contra Dancing, Swing, Period Singer.

Whistle & End-blown Flutes

Flutes (Medieval & Renaissance)
6-hole Pipes
Pipe & Tabor
Pipe & String Drum
Ocarinas (single & double)
Flageolets (single & double)
Bone Flute


Spanish Gaita
Renaissance Flemish Breughal pipes
Renaissance Hümmelchen
Großer Bock
Musettes (renaissance & baroque0
Petite Cornamuse

Double Reeds


Speciality Instruments

Clarina 8
Jaws Harps (all keys)
Glass Harmonica
Hammered Dulcimer
Bowed Psaltery
Hurdy Gurdy


Musician (100+)

CBS Sunday Morning: The Play of Daniel  (TV Feature)
Miss Spider  (2004-2012 TV Series)
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales  (2007 Video)
Resident Evil 2, Apocalyspe  (2004 Film)
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai  (2003TV Series)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Cirque du Soleil  (2002 TV episode)
Regis & Kathie Lee: Cirque du Soleil  (2002 TV Episode)
Cirque du Soleil: The Fire Within  (2002 TV Series)
Niteline: 999
The Subteraineans  (TV Series)
Herbie Hancock’s Showtime/Coast to Coast. Salute to New York  (TV Feature)
7 Solos  (Video)
Titus  (1999 Film)
Minetta Lane Theater: The Garden of Earthly Delights  (Theater Production)
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai  (Theater Production)
New York Shakespeare Festival: King John,  (Theater Production)
Theater for a New Audience: Taming of the Shrew  (Theater Production)
American Repertory Theater : Midsummer Night’s Dream  (Theater Production)

Sound Recordings (75+)

Cirque du Soleil, Totem  (performer)
Cirque du Soleil, Varekai  (performer)
They Might be Giants, Mink Car  (performer)
Various Artists, 20 from the 20th  Century (conductor)
Jewel, Joy: A Holiday Collection  (music director)
Musica Sacra, Of Eternal Light  (music director & conductor)
Meredith Monk, ATLAS; An opera in three parts  (music director, conductor, orchestrator, performer)
Meredith Monk, The Book of Days  (music director, conductor, orchestrator, performer)
Meredith Monk, Do You Be  (music director, conductor, orchestrator, performer)

Music Department

The Book of Days: Meredith Monk  (Film, music director & conductor)
Schaubühne am Lehliner Platz: The Games  (Theater Production, music director & conductor)
Houston Grand Opera: ATLAS  (Theater Production, music director, conductor, orchestrator)
Long Wharf Theater: Anna Christie  (Theater Production, music director & conductor)
Helen Hayes Theater: Band in Berlin (Theater Production, orchestrator)
Alley Theater: The Greeks, Part I & Part II. (Theater Production, music director & conductor)


Emmy Awards

Cirque du Soleil: The Fire Within, 2003 Outstanding Non-Fiction Program Winner


Professional Links

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