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Hannah Lash

Biography

Hailed by The New York Times as "striking and resourceful...handsomely brooding," Hannah Lash's music has been performed at the Times Center, Chicago Art Institute, Tanglewood Music Center, Harvard University, The Chelsea Art Museum, and on the American Opera Projects' stage in New York City. Commissions include The Fromm Foundation, The Naumburg Foundation, The Orpheus Duo, The Howard Hanson Foundation's Commissioning Fund, Case Western Reserve's University Circle Wind Ensemble, MAYA, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.

Lash has received numerous honors and prizes, including 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 in Composition, the Barnard Rogers Prize in Composition, the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize in Composition, and numerous academic awards. Her orchestral work, Furthermore, was selected by the American Composers Orchestra for the 2010 Underwood New Music Readings. Her chamber opera, Blood Rose, was presented by New York City Opera's VOX in the spring of 2011. Her piece for orchestra, God Music Bug Music, will be performed by the Minnesota Orchestra as part of the Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute in January of 2012.

New York Times music critic Steve Smith praised Lash's work for the JACK Quartet, Frayed: "Ms. Lash's compact sequence of pale brush strokes, ghostly keening and punchy outbursts was striking and resourceful; you hoped to hear it again..." A performance of Lash's song cycle, From Five Tzu-Yeh Songs, was acclaimed by the Chicago Sun Times: "Lash's songs were...worldly, sending Bentley [the soprano] into huge, perilous leaps against austere accompaniment from Barbara Butler's trumpet and Michael Burritt's percussion. At times, Butler's muted trumpet took on a film noirish quality floating behind Bentley's often-whispered words like a distant breeze rustling across rain-soaked streets." Esteemed music critic Bruce Hodges praised Lash's piece, Stalk, for solo harp as being "appealing...florid, and introspective."

In addition to performances of her music in the USA, Lash's music is known internationally. In April of 2008, her string quartet, Four Still, was performed in Kyev in the Ukraine's largest international new music festival, Musical Premieres of the Season, curated by Carson Cooman. In the summer of 2010, her piece, Unclose, was premiered by members of eighth blackbird at the MusicX festival in Blonay, Switzerland.

Lash obtained her Ph.D in music (composition) from Harvard University in 2010. She has completed further studies at the Yale School of Music. She has held teaching positions at Harvard University (Teaching Fellow), at Alfred University (Guest Professor of Composition), and at Yale University (Teaching Fellow in composition and electronic music).  Hannah Lash's music is published exclusively by Schott Helicon Music Corporation (New York).