Playing with "live-wire splendor" (The New York Times) violinist, Hanna Hurwitz, comes from a family of literary and performing artists. As a musician who equally enjoys performing classics of the repertoire as well as new music of our time, Hanna’s recent activities have included performances with the Ensemble Dal Niente, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Lucerne Festival Academy, Eastman BroadBand, and Slee Sinfonietta. She has been a guest artist and member of resident chamber ensembles at international festivals such as the SoundSCAPE Festival in Italy, the Valencia International Performance Academy in Spain, the Ritsos Project in Greece, and the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico.
This past season, Hanna co-founded a new ensemble, the Zohn Collective. The group recorded its first CD in 2017 under the label, Oberlin Music, and is booked for several upcoming concerts, including an evening long stage work in collaboration with the internationally recognized puppet company, La Coperacha, at the Festival de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico. In addition, she can be heard as the featured violinist in both Cantos, the Bridge Records recording of music by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and in Diaries, the Urtext release of music by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez.
Hanna also enjoys an active and varied teaching career. She is currently on the faculty at the University at Buffalo where she is adjunct violin instructor and director of the UB Composer's Ensemble. She is also on the faculty of Buffalo String Works, a non-profit organization that provides free individual and group lessons to children of refugee familes. Previously, Hanna served as teaching assistant to Charles Castleman at the Eastman School of Music, and Academic Assistant to the Miro Quartet at the University of Texas at Austin.
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.