Hannah Ishizaki (b.2000) of Pittsburgh PA, is the youngest female composer ever to have a world premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO). Her composition City of Bridges was played by the PSO at a Fiddlesticks concert in February 2017. The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) also played City of Bridges in 2017, once at Heinz Hall in May and three times during their tour of Spain in June 2017.
In February 2018, Hannah was named an Emerging Composer in the Tribeca New Music’s Young Composer Competition Division II for Prism, which was commissioned by Kamraton and premiered by the group on October 15, 2017. In 2016 and 2017, Hannah was also named an Emerging Composer in the Tribeca New Music’s Young Composer Competition Division II for her chamber works: Chronicles, and The Hypothetical Machine.
Hannah is also a violinist and an aspiring conductor. She was selected as a Solo Winner in the Pittsburgh Concert Society’s (PCS) Young Artist Competition and performed at the Young Artist Winner Recital on March 18, 2018. From 2016-2018, she was a co-concertmaster of PYSO, which she had performed with since 2013. Hannah won the PYSO 2015-16 Conducting Competition judged by Maestro Leonard Slatkin. She is both the youngest person and the only female to win that competition since it began.
Hannah is currently in the studios of Mr. Andrew Norman for composition and Areta Zhulla and Ronald Copes for violin at the Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Dr. Robert Beaser at the Juilliard School, Dr. David Ludwig, and Chris Massa for composition and Hong Guang Jia of the PSO for violin. She also studied composition at the European American Musical Alliance in 2019, the Yellow Barn Young Artist Program in 2018 and 2019, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival during the summer of 2017, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 2016, and at the Curtis Summerfest in 2014 and 2015. Next Summer, Hannah will be a resident at the Leighton Artist Studios in Banff.