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.
Among her most recently undertakings, Hanna co-founded a new ensemble, the Zohn Collective. The group has already released a studio recording under the Oberlin Music label and has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. The group has also performed as resident ensemble at the Festival de Mayo in Mexico and expects a second recording release under Albany Records. In addition, Hanna can be heard as the featured violinist in both Cantos, the Bridge Records recording of music by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and inDiaries, the Urtext release of music by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez.
Hanna also enjoys an active and varied teaching career. She is delighted to join the faculty at Northern Kentucky University in fall 2018 as Lecturer of Music in Violin. Previously, Hanna held the position of Adjunct Violin Instructor and director of the UB Composer's Ensemble at the University at Buffalo, and was on faculty at Buffalo String Works, a non-profit organization that provides free individual and group lessons to children of refugee families. Hanna also 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.