Favorite food: Tacos
Favorite high school experience: Attending the International Science Fair at Stanford University
Favorite performing arts memory: It’s a tie between working with conductor, Sir Simon Rattle, as a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy, and being coached by my all-time favorite string quartet, the Takacs Quartet, at the Aspen Festival.
“Playing with "live-wire splendor" (The New York Times) violinist, Hanna Hurwitz, is a musician who equally enjoys performing classics of the repertoire as well as new music of our time. Her recent activities have included performances at the SoundSCAPE Festival (Italy), the Valencia International Performance Academy (Spain), the Ritsos Project (Greece), the Festival Internacional Cervantino (Mexico), Washington Island Music Festival (Wisconsin), and June in Buffalo (New York). She is currently a member of Chicago-based, leading new music ensembles including the acclaimed Grossman Ensemble and Ensemble Dal Niente. Hanna also serves as co-founder and violinist of Zohn Collective, an ensemble interested in interdisciplinary collaboration and the creation of new music. The group has released studio recordings under the labels of Oberlin Music and Albany Records, and has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Ditson Fund, and New Music USA. Hanna also enjoys an active and varied teaching career. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of String Studies at Denison University, where she has also been awarded the Bayley-Bowen Faculty Fellowship for 2022-2025. Previously, Hanna held positions at Northern Kentucky University and the University at Buffalo. She also served as Teaching Assistant to Charles Castleman at the Eastman School of Music, and taught for two years at Buffalo String Works, a non-profit organization that provides free lessons to children of refugee families. Hanna holds a Bachelor's Degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, a Master's Degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts with a minor in Performance Psychology from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester.“