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Hannah Lash

New Haven, CT   

Hannah Lash has emerged as a leading voice of her generation.  A prize-winning composer, she has received the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fromm Foundation Commission, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, the Naumburg Prize, the Barnard Rogers Prize, the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize, and numerous academic awards.  She has received commissions from The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, The Orpheus Duo, The Howard Hanson Foundation, Case Western Reserve’s University Circle Wind Ensemble, MAYA, Great Noise Ensemble, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.

Her orchestral music has been commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the American Composers Orchestra. Her chamber opera, Blood Rose, was presented by NYC Opera’s VOX in the spring of 2011. 

Lash’s music has also been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, the Chelsea Art Museum, Harvard University, Tanglewood Music Center, the Times Center, and the Chicago Art Institute.

Lash obtained a bachelor’s degree in composition from the Eastman School of music, her PhD from Harvard University, a performance degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music.  Her primary teachers include Martin Bresnick, Bernard Rands, Julian Anderson, and Robert Morris.  Her music is published by Schott. 


Lash serves on the composition faculty at the Yale School of Music.

Articles by Hannah Lash:

NewMusicBox January 7 2012 | By Hannah Lash
The Big Day (The 2011-2012 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Blog, Day 4)

I’ve never had a piece played to such a large audience before. The energy of the crowd felt overwhelmingly positive; there were a lot of different ages of people, and...

NewMusicBox January 6 2012 | By Hannah Lash
The Addictive Roller Coaster Ride (The 2011-2012 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Blog, Day 3)

My personal perspective about writing music and having it played feels addictive: those first rehearsal glitches, where your piece is still unknown to the players cause a certain amount of...

NewMusicBox January 5 2012 | By Hannah Lash
Talking About Our Music (The 2011-2012 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Blog, Day 2)

After meeting and mingling with the donors, board members, and the commissioning club who were all in attendance, the six of us participants each got to say a few words...

NewMusicBox January 4 2012 | By Hannah Lash
Warming Things Up in Minneapolis (The 2011-2012 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Blog, Day 1)

The six of us participating in this year’s Composer Institute all met at 5:00 p.m., scurrying as quickly as we could across the block of chilling Minnesota winter from the...