Widely known as an award-winning and compelling composer, Hannah Lash is first a harpist who has been widely praised for the virtuosity, “technical wizardry” (The Birmingham News), and expressive depth of her playing.
As a soloist, Lash has been presented by Carnegie Hall, the Cabrillo Festival, Miller Theatre, the Alabama Symphony, the Yale School of Music, and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. She recently premiered her first harp concerto at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall with the American Composers Orchestra under the direction of George Manahan, and in 2016 performs her Concerto for Harp and Chamber Orchestra with the Orchestra of the Swan under David Curtis in England.
Also in 2016, New Focus Music will release an all-Lash disc (her debut album) featuring Lash playing with the JACK Quartet. Other upcoming projects include the a concertino for harp with chamber ensemble (with Lash as the soloist), commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest. She also performs her piece Leaves, Space with bassist Samuel Suggs at the 2016 NY Philharmonic Biennial, as well as a faculty recital at the Yale School of Music.
Lash’s music has been commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony, the JACK Quartet, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Naumberg Foundation, and others. She has received numerous honors and prizes, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship and a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fromm Foundation Commission, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, a Copland House Residency, a Copland Recording Grant, and others. She was the 2015 winner of the CLICK! Commission from the Colorado Music Festival, which will commission her second harp concerto.
In the New York Times 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…” Esteemed music critic Bruce Hodges lauded Lash’s piece Stalk for solo harp as being “appealing…florid, and introspective.”
Lash obtained her Ph.D in composition from Harvard University. She also holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music in harp, and the Eastman School of Music in composition, as well as an Artist Diploma in composition from the Yale School of Music. Lash currently serves full-time on the composition faculty of the Yale School of Music.
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2017/18 Program Offerings
- The Company I Keep
Hindemith, Salzedo, Fauré, Hannah Lash
- Sonatas for Harp
C.P.E. Bach, Hindemith, Tailleferre, Hannah Lash
- Bones, Muscles, Filigree
An all-Hannah Lash program.
- The Harp in Colors
Scriabin, Hannah Lash
Current & Recent Programs
- Concerto Offerings
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C major, K. 299 (1778)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Danse sacreé et profane, for solo harp and string orchestra (1904)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Introduction and Allegro for flute, clarinet harp, and string quartet (1905)
Hannah Lash (b. 1981)
Concerto No. 1 for Harp and Chamber Orchestra (2015)
Concerto No. 2 for Harp and Chamber Orchestra (available after August 1, 2016)
Projects & Collaborations
- Harp in Contemporary Music as Part of a Continuum
Hannah Lash's philosophy in approaching new music is that it is part of a musical continuum rather than a whole different species of music from our standard repertoire. In practicing and rehearsing new music, one can adjust one’s strategy to be sensi...
- Playing Piano Music on the Harp
Harpists play many transcriptions of music written for other instruments, particularly piano. Hannah Lash believes that transcribing is incredibly important, and that harpists can always push themselves and their instruments further than they might ima...
- Writing for Harp
This lecture demonstration is geared specifically to composers who wish to learn more about the harp and how to write their music in a way that will work with the instrument's unique constraints and qualities. Hannah Lash brings in a range of examples,...