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Hannah Whitehead
Hannah Whitehead

Cellist Hannah Whitehead has garnered acclaim for her "warm and winning" sound and for the "knife-edge, fearless precision" of her interpretations. She is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she was awarded a full scholarship to study with David Premo. Hannah's already varied career has included studies at the Eastman School of Music, a fellowship at the New World Symphony, and performances around the world with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. She has also been a member of the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, and has performed at the Spoleto Festival (USA). Her musical travels have taken her around the globe: to Japan, where she performed chamber music in Yokohama and Tokyo; to England, where as a fellow of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, she studied and performed works of Benjamin Britten in the composer's birthplace; and to Singapore, where she performed with the Singapore Symphony. Hannah was recently appointed Assistant Principal Cellist of the West Virginia Symphony and section cellist of the Wheeling Symphony. Since coming to Pittsburgh, Hannah has drawn inspiration from the rich cultural life of the city, performing in diverse venues with the region's most forward-thinking ensembles; among them, Resonance Works Chamber Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Camerata, Voces Solis, the OvreArts composers' collective, and Pittsburgh Opera Theater. Hannah's collaborative projects have been featured on live broadcasts from Pittsburgh's Classical WQED radio station, including a performance of Bach and Vivaldi with members of Chatham Baroque. Hannah's passion for music embraces teaching as well as performing: in June of 2015, she served as an artist in Residence at the Charlotte New Music Festival, where she coached budding composers on contemporary writing for string ensembles. She has also taught masterclasses at Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and at West Virginia University.