Hannah Lash

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


Hannah Lash was born in Alfred, New York, USA on November 22, 1981.[2] 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, a performance degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2008, a PhD from Harvard University in 2010,[3] and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music in 2012.[4] Her primary teachers include Martin Bresnick, Bernard Rands, Julian Anderson, Steven Stucky, Augusta Read Thomas, and Robert Morris.

Lash was appointed to the composition faculty of the Yale School of Music in 2013.[5] During the 2013-14 season, Lash served 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] In 2016, Lash composed new works for pianist Lisa Moore and loadbang for a Portrait Concert at Columbia University's Miller Theatre. In 2017-2018, Lash's Piano Concerto No. 1 “In Pursuit of Flying” was given its premiere performances by Jeremy Denk and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra;[9] the Atlantic Classical Orchestra debuted Facets of Motion for orchestra, and Music for Nine, Ringing was performed at the Music Academy of the West School and Festival.[10] In 2018-2019, Paul Appleby and Natalia Katyukova gave the world premiere of Songs of Imagined Love, a song cycle commissioned by Carnegie Hall.[11] Lash's chamber opera, Desire, premiered at Columbia's Miller Theatre in October, 2019.[12] Her Concerto for piano and harp was premiered in November 2019 by the Naples Philharmonic,[13] and in August 2020, Hub New Music premiered Lash's The Nature of Breaking, with Lash performing harp.[14]

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, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Her chamber music has been commissioned and performed by the JACK Quartet, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Arditti Quartet, the Jupiter Quartet, loadbang, and Hub New Music, 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.[15]

Lash's awards and honors include a Fromm Foundation Commission, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, the Naumburg Prize,[16] the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award,[17] a Charles Ives Scholarship (2011) and Charles Ives Fellowship (2016) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters,[18][19] the Barnard Rogers Prize, and the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize.

Lash's music is published by Schott.[20]

Selected Works[21][edit]


  • Music for Loss
  • God Music Bug Music
  • Hush
  • Facets of Motion
  • Forestallings
  • Double Concerto
  • Fault Lines (flute concerto)
  • The Peril of Dreams


  • 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)
  • The Nature of Breaking (harp and ensemble)


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


  • Desire (chamber opera)
  • Blood Rose (alto, countertenor, string quartet)
  • Stoned Prince (male vocalist/actor, trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet)
  • Violations (soprano, alto, countertenor, two pianos, two vibraphones, electronics)
  • Songs of Imagined Love (piano and voice)


  • 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. ^ "Schott Music". en.schott-music.com. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  3. ^ Vinciguerra, Thomas (2012-12-14). "Avant-garde, Post-Romantic". Harvard Magazine. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  4. ^ Smith, Steve (19 September 2010). "Remaking a Dark Tale, With Real-Life Notes". New York Times. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Hannah Lash". music.yale.edu. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  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.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "sound investment". Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  9. ^ "SPCO review: A new piano concerto stands tall amid bluegrass and Britten". Twin Cities. 2018-05-26. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  10. ^ "Hannah Lash". music.yale.edu. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  11. ^ "Carnegie Hall 2018-19 Review: Paul Appleby and "Songs of Imagined Love"". Opera Wire. 2018-10-30. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  12. ^ Ebright, Ryan (2019-10-11). "'Desire' Is an Operatic Glimpse Into a Secret Garden (Published 2019)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  13. ^ "It's Harpo's Harp Paired With Piano In Concerto Debut | Classical Voice North America". Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  14. ^ "The Nature of Breaking". Hub New Music. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  15. ^ "biography | Hannah Lash, composer". hannahlash.com. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  16. ^ "The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation - Upcoming Competitions". www.naumburg.org.
  17. ^ "The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of the 2011 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards".
  18. ^ "Hannah Lash | Music Academy". www.musicacademy.org. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  19. ^ "AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS ANNOUNCES 2011 MUSIC AWARD WINNERS". Archived from the original on 7 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  20. ^ "Schott Music". Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  21. ^ "Schott Music". en.schott-music.com. Retrieved 2020-11-03.

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