Dr. Hannah Leland is an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral violinist, and teacher. Hannah received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. In her final year she completed a research project on George Antheil’s sonatas for violin culminating in her document, “The ‘Bad Boy of Music’ in Paris: George Antheil’s Violin Sonatas” and a series of lecture-recitals. Dr. Leland presented her research at the Society for American Music conference in Boston in March 2016 and has been invited to present at the College Music Society conference later this year. As part of the violin-piano duo, Duo Odéon, Hannah continues to perform, present, and record the music of George Antheil along with other early twentieth century American composers. Dr. Leland currently holds contracts with Portland Opera, Arizona Opera, and Oregon Mozart Players. In the summer she performs in several festivals in Oregon including the Astoria Music Festival and Oregon Coast Music Festival.
During her time in Arizona, Hannah held a tenured position in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and was a frequent substitute with Phoenix Symphony. As a student, Hannah performed frequent solo and chamber music recitals, in the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, and as Concertmaster and Associate Concertmaster with the ASU Symphony Orchestra. She also worked as Dr. Katherine McLin’s teaching assistant and as a Music History TA. Hannah completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 2012. In Boulder, she studied under Dr. Lina Bahn and Mr. Andrés Cárdenes, performed frequently on the Pendulum New Music series and with the early music group Ensemble Pearl, and worked as a section mentor for the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras. Hannah received her Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Willamette University in Salem, OR in May of 2010, after spending a year in China studying violin at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Hannah began violin lessons at the age of eight. She has performed in numerous master classes for artists such as Andrés Cárdenes, Rolf Schulte, David Ehrlich, and the St. Lawrence and Pacifica String Quartets.
Photography by Keitaro Harada.