American violinist HANNAH TARLEY began playing the violin at age two and made her first solo appearance at the age of four. Two years later, she gave her first solo performance with orchestra, and has since performed concerts with the Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Narva City Symphony Orchestra (Estonia), Knoxville Symphony, Kiev Soloists, San Francisco Symphony, Symphony Parnassus, Saratoga Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has worked with numerous conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Edwin Outwater, Benjamin Schwartz, David Ramadanoff, Yehuda Gilad, Cornelia Kodkani Laemli, and Stephen Paulson. Under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, Hannah took part in a collaborative San Francisco Symphony/ San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra performance of Luciano Berio's Duets, performing alongside Symphony Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik.
A First Prize winner of New York Concerti Sinfonietta’s International Shining Stars Competition, Hannah debuted in Carnegie Hall in 2015. In 2014 she soloed alongside Shlomo Mintz and the Kiev Soloists, performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins. In 2013 she was invited to perform at the opening concert of the 19th Annual E. Mravinsky Festival in Estonia. She was also one of the young violinists chosen to participate in the 2013 Kronberg Academy Violin Masterclass under the guidance of Zakhar Bron. She has taken part in the Aspen Music Festival and School, Heifetz International Music Institute, Starling-DeLay Seminar at the Juilliard School, Musique d’Enghien in Belgium, Interlaken Classics in Switzerland and the Julian Rachlin and Friends Festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia. She has performed on European Tours with the El Camino Youth Symphony and the San Jose Youth Symphony, debuting in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and Salzburg’s Mozarteum.
At age twelve, Hannah was appointed the youngest concertmaster in the history of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, leading the orchestra on two European Tours. Hannah has performed in masterclasses/courses with Zakhar Bron, Elmar Oliveira, Mihaela Martin, Midori, Gil Shaham, Christian Tetzlaff, Shlomo Mintz, Pinchas Zukerman, Ruggero Ricci, and Daniel Hope.
In addition to performing solo recitals in acclaimed venues such as the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar room, Hannah is an avid chamber musician. As part of a string quartet and piano trio, Hannah debuted on some of London’s most prestigious stages, including Cadagon Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall.
Hannah has worked extensively with pedagogues Zakhar Bron, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and Boris Kuschnir. Generously sponsored by the Polonsky Foundation, Hannah attended the 2012 Aspen Music Festival and School, where she studied with Robert Lipsett. Winner of the Festival’s 2012 Concerto Competition, Hannah performed Mozart’s 4th Violin Concerto with the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen under the direction of conductors Alexander Prior, Jacomo Bairos and Gevorg Gharabekyan at the Benedict Music Tent.
During the summer of 2013, Hannah performed the Brahms G major Sextet alongside Nobuko Imai, Shmuel Ashkenasi and Amit Peled at the Heifetz International Music Institute, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence together with Mark Kaplan, Lawrence Dutton and Timothy Eddy. In 2014 she participated in several summer academies, including the 2014 Seiji Ozawa International Academy. She worked with Pamela Frank, Nobuko Imai and Sadao Harada, and performed at Geneva’s Victoria Hall and Paris’s Theatre des Champs Elysees. Hannah also took part in the the Academie de Musique de Lausanne and the Crans Montana Classics in Switzerland with Sungsic Yang, Zakhar Bron, David Cerone and Shlomo Mintz.
In addition to participating in the prestigious Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop and Winter Residency, Hannah was selected as an Artist-in-Residence for the 2015 Heifetz International Music Institute. She participated in outreach projects and performed the Mendelssohn Octet alongside Mark Kaplan, Ralph Kirshbaum and Robert Vernon.
Hannah is the Founder and Artistic Director of Notes By The Bay Music Festival, an exciting new children's music program in California. Founded in 2015, the Festival presents a unique platform for kids to be imaginative, create theatrical concerts that feature poetry readings and ensemble playing, as well as perform on stage alongside their artistic mentors.
Previously a full scholarship student at the Colburn School studying with Robert Lipsett, Hannah received her Bachelor’s Degree, with First Class Honors, from the Royal College of Music in London under the guidance of Mark Messenger. She is currently working towards obtaining her Master’s Degree at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein and Catherine Cho.
Upcoming performances include solo and chamber recitals, as well as performances at the Perlman Music Program in Florida and New York. http://hannahtarley.weebly.com/