Hannah Duncan, violin

Hometown: Belle Plaine, Iowa

Meet Hannah

Hannah will perform on Show 353 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on March 4, 2018 at age 17.

(2022) Violinist Hannah Duncan is a recent graduate of the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Jessica Lee and Joan Kwuon. In addition to this, she has a minor in acting from the Case Western Reserve University. Hannah will be attending the Aspen Music Festival and School this summer and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University for her master’s degree studying under Kathleen Winkler in the Fall of 2022. Currently she is the first violinist of the ILO Quartet. The quartet won the 2021 Coltman Competition and the 8th Stockholm International Music Competition (2021). ILO was chosen as one of three ensemble Finalists in the 2021 Petrichor International Music Competition and as an alternate finalist in the 2022 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition. Most recently, the quartet worked on a project with Iranian composer, Ata Ghavidel who dedicated his piece, The Mirror Orchard, to the ILO Quartet. Most recently, Hannah has earned a position as a substitute violinist with the Chicago Civic Orchestra and New World Symphony. Currently Hannah serves as Concertmaster for the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra while taking on many other leadership positions in the corridor area and summer festivals. She has been fortunate to attend Music Academy of the West on full scholarship where she also won a fellowship with the Keston MAX exchange and has not only performed alongside the London Symphony Orchestra as part of the fellowship but will also travel to London in November of 2022 as part of the residency.

2018 Bio: Hannah Duncan, 17, hails from Belle Plaine, Iowa where she studies violin with John Schultz. She is a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Hannah is the principal second of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. She was selected for the 2017 National Youth Orchestra of the United States and toured with the orchestra over the summer, and has performed as a soloist with the Iowa City Community String Orchestra. Each year, she organizes a benefit concert for her town’s music department, recently raising over $600. Outside of music, Hannah enjoys babysitting and anything Disney related.

Listen to Hannah

Show 353, San Francisco, CA
La Gitana by Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) with Christopher O’Riley, piano