Hannah Lash

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Hannah Lash in 2014

Hannah Lash (born 1981) is an American composer of concert music who serves on the faculty of the Yale School of Music.[1]

Lash's works have been commissioned by orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Her chamber music has been commissioned and performed by the JACK Quartet, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Arditti Quartet, the Jupiter Quartet, among others. Her music has been presented in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival and School, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, New York City Opera’s VOX, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

She frequently collaborates with librettist Royce Vavrek, on dramatic and/or vocal works.


Hannah Lash was born in Alfred, New York, USA in 1981. She began her studies in music during early childhood, and continued to pursue music throughout her education. She obtained a bachelor's degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music in 2004, her PhD from Harvard University in 2010 [1], a performance degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2008, and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music in 2012.[2] Her primary teachers include Martin Bresnick, Bernard Rands, Julian Anderson, Steven Stucky, Augusta Read Thomas, and Robert Morris.

Among her awards and honors she has received a Fromm Foundation Commission, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, the Naumburg Prize,[3] the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award,[4] a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters,[5] the Barnard Rogers Prize, and the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize.

Lash was appointed to the composition faculty of the Yale School of Music in 2013. During the 2013-14 season, Lash serves as Composer in Residence with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra,[6][7] as well as being the Sound Investment Composer with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.[8]

Lash's music is published by Schott.[9]



  • Music for Loss
  • God Music
  • Bug Music
  • Hush


  • Total Internal Reflection (string quartet)
  • Frayed (string quartet)
  • Four Still (string quartet)
  • Glockenliebe (three glockenspiels)
  • C (piano and vibraphone)
  • Filigree in Textile (harp and string quartet)
  • Octet: Selves (violin consort or string orchestra)
  • Folksongs (piccolo, percussion, harp)
  • Subtilior, Lamento (flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, cello)
  • Friction, Pressure, Impact (cello and piano)
  • Three Movements for Horn Trio (violin, horn, piano)


  • Requiem Pro Avibus Mortuis (SATB choir plus alto and countertenor soloists)


  • Blood Rose (alto, countertenor, string quartet)
  • Stoned Prince (male vocalist/actor, trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet)
  • Violations (soprano, alto, countertenor, two pianos, two vibraphones, electronics)


  • Stalk (harp)
  • Etudes, book 1 (piano)
  • Secrets (trumpet and electronics)
  • Silvers (“loeboe”)


  1. ^ "Hannah Lash to be Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Composition at YSM". Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  2. ^ Smith, Steve (19 September 2010). "Remaking a Dark Tale, With Real-Life Notes". New York Times. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  3. ^ "The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation - Upcoming Competitions". www.naumburg.org.
  4. ^ "The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of the 2011 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards".
  6. ^ "ASO composer in residence Hannah Lash turns catastrophic theft into new beginning - Yale School of Music". 17 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "sound investment". Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Schott Music". Retrieved 8 August 2013.

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