Hannah Lash has emerged as a leading voice of her generation. Her music has been performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge and Tanglewood Music Center. Her awards include a Charles Ives Scholarship (American Academy of Arts and Letters), CMA Grant, a Copland House Residency, a Fromm Foundation Commission, a Yaddo Artist Colony fellowship, the Naumburg Prize, the Barnard Rogers Prize, the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award.
Lash has received commissions from Aspen Music Festival, Cabrillo Festival, Library of Congress, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Orpheus Duo, Howard Hanson Foundation, Case Western Reserve’s University Circle Wind Ensemble, MAYA, Great Noise Ensemble and Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. She has served as composer in residence with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, as well as being the 2014 Sound Investment Composer with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Current projects include an opera based upon the Beowulf legend written for the Guerilla Opera; a dramatic work for the woodwind quintet City of Tomorrow; a harp concerto written for herself as the harp soloist commissioned by a consortium including Carnegie Hall, the American Composers Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Swan; and a ballet inspired by Petrushka written for Fifth House Ensemble.
Educated at Eastman, Harvard, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and Yale, Lash now serves on the faculty at the Yale School of Music. In the summer of 2015, Lash will be a Senior Composer at the Bennington Chamber Music Festival and Composer Forum of the East, where she will teach and where her music will be featured in August.
Lash was commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival through an ongoing partnership with composer John Adams and his wife, Deborah O’Grady, to identify and support the next generation of compositional talent. The commission of Lash’s new work, Eating Flowers, was funded by their Pacific Harmony Foundation, and will receive its world premiere performance on Saturday, August 15th.