Hailed by The New York Times as “striking and resourceful…handsomely brooding,” Hannah Lash’s music has been performed at such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, the Times Center in Manhattan, the Chicago Art Institute, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Aspen Music Festival & School, among others.
Lash has received numerous honors and prizes, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship (2011) and Fellowship (2016) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fromm Foundation Commission, a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, the Naumburg Prize in Composition, the Barnard Rogers Prize in Composition, the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize in Composition, and numerous academic awards.
In 2016, Lash was honored with a Composer Portrait Concert at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, which included commissioned works for pianist Lisa Moore (Six Etudes and a Dream) and loadbang (Music for Eight Lungs). In the 2017-2018 season, Lash’s Piano Concerto No. 1 In Pursuit of Flying was given its premiere performances by Jeremy Denk and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra debuted Facets of Motion for orchestra, and Music for Nine, Ringing was performed at the Music Academy of the West School and Festival. In the 2018-19 season, Paul Appleby and Natalia Katyukova gave the premiere of Songs of Imagined Love, a song cycle commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Lash is currently developing a new chamber opera and a concerto for two harps and orchestra, both of which are scheduled for premiere in 2019.
Hannah Lash was first invited as composer in residence to the 2015 Cabrillo Festival for the world premiere of Eating Flowers; she had been selected by composer John Adams and awarded the Festival’s annual commission for emerging composers sponsored by the Pacific Harmony Foundation. Lash returns in 2019 for the West Coast premiere of God Music Bug Music on Saturday, August 10, during the Secret Songs performance.