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Hannah is from Aberdeen, Scotland and began learning the violin at the age of 7 with Marilyn Watson. She went on to gain a place in the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland two years later, and became leader of the orchestra aged 13.
She began learning privately with Claire Telford aged 12, at which time she also gained a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, with whom she enjoyed touring across the U.K and Ireland. Involvement with the orchestra led her to other opportunities including performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra. She also continued to have a huge involvement with orchestras in her area as leader of the Grampian Youth Orchestra, Aberdeen Youth Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble.
In 2014 she was offered a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as a string leader. Involvement with the orchestra lead to many exciting performances, including at the Royal Festival hall, Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms and at Berlin’s Konzerthaus.
In 2018 she was awarded a place in the European Union Youth Orchestra. She toured with the orchestra for a combined length of two months, performing around the world in some of the world’s best concert halls. Highlights included the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Dubai’s Opera House. She was also offered a place in the orchestra for 2019.
Special projects with the EUYO involved co-leading the 2nd violins at a performance at the Arc de Triomphe for the centenary of the end of the Second World War, televised in front of 70 world leaders. She also was involved in a project honouring Claudio Abbaddo, led by Ezio Bosso alongside players of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
After graduating from her undergraduate degree in 2019 with First Class honours from the Royal College of Music in London, Hannah then graduated in 2021 from her Master of Performance postgraduate degree with Distinction, where she continued her studies with internationally renowned teacher Jan Repko. Hannah was a Herbert Howells & Thomas Fielden Scholar, was supported by the Waddell Prize and the James Caird Travelling Scholarship Trust.
Hannah plays a beautiful violin made by Julia Maria Pasch, Master violin maker of Vienna, thanks to many generous donors including the Loan Fund for Musical Instruments. She was also awarded a place on the BBC Symphony Orchestra Scheme 2020/2021.
Hannah has over 6 years of teaching experience. She has taught all ages privately and in schools. During her time at the Royal College of Music she was awarded a Distinction in her Associated Board of the Royal Schools fo Music Diploma in Violin Teaching. She is currently accepting new students, so please get in touch to enquire about lessons. If there are no spaces at the time of enquiry you can be put on the waiting list. Hannah also gives individual and group theory lessons for those who intend to sit instrumental exams beyond Grade 5.
Hannah has a many years of performance experience, and a Masters in Performance from the Royal College of Music. If you would like to book her for an event, performance or festival, please get in touch via email or telephone. If you are looking for a string quartet, this can also be arranged.
Hannah has a huge passion for conducting, and studied with Natalia Luis-Bassa and Howard Williams for three years. If you have need of a conductor for your ensemble, then please also get touch!