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2021 Artists

Hannah Collins

Cellist Hannah Collins is a dynamic performer and collaborator devoted to diverse forms of musical expression.  Winner of De Linkprijs for contemporary interpretation, Hannah takes an active role in expanding the repertoire for cello, having commissioned solo works by composers such as Caroline Shaw and Timo Andres.  She continues to catalyze and champion the works of compelling young composers with New Morse Code, her duo with percussionist Michael Compitello.  New Morse Code’s 2017 debut album Simplicity Itself on New Focus Recordings was described by icareifyoulisten.com as “an ebullient passage through pieces that each showcase the duo’s clarity of artistic vision and their near-perfect synchronicity,” while Q2 Music called the album “a flag of genuineness raised.”  Their projects have received support from Chamber Music America and New Music USA.  In 2019 they released the title suite of Matthew Barnson’s portrait album, Vanitas, on innova recordings and collaborated with Eliza Bagg, Lee Dionne, and andPlay on and all the days were purple, Alex Weiser’s Pulitzer Prize-finalist work on Cantaloupe music.  New Morse Code was recently named the winner of the 2020 Ariel Avant Impact Performance Prize.

Praised for her “incisive, vibrant continuo” playing (South Miami Classical Review), Hannah appears regularly as a Baroque cellist with the Sebastians, New York Baroque Incorporated, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra.  She has been invited to give solo and chamber music performances at festivals throughout Europe and North America including Orford Centre d’arts (Canada), Kneisel Hall (US), NJO (The Netherlands), Aldeburgh Festival (UK), and Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France).  She is a member of Bach Aria Soloists, the Chanterelle Trio, and Cantata Profana, and has recently performed with The Knights, Talea Ensemble, A Far Cry, and Quodlibet Ensemble.  

A dedicated teaching artist, Hannah is an alumna of Ensemble Connect, a professional development program focused on chamber music performance, teaching artistry, and arts advocacy through the resources of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute and the NYC Department of Education.  She serves as co-director of KHBH: Together in Music, an outreach residency which connects the Kneisel Hall Music Festival with the community of Blue Hill, Maine through creative projects.  In the summers, she teaches cello and chamber music at Greenwood Junior Music Camp.

Hannah earned a B.S. in biomedical engineering summa cum laude from Yale College and also holds graduate degrees in cello performance from the Yale School of Music and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.  Her principal mentors have included Stefan Reuss, Ole Akahoshi, Aldo Parisot, Michel Strauss, Robert Mealy, and Marcy Rosen.  Hannah is currently Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Kansas School of Music and Assistant Director of the Avaloch Farm Music Institute.  www.hannahcollinscello.com

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