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 Kamratōn and premiered by the group on October 15, 2017. Hannah was also a resident composer of Kamratōn for their 2017-2018 season.
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. Since the 2016-2017 season, she has been a co-concertmaster of PYSO, which she has 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 currently studies composition with Chris Massa and Dr. David Ludwig and violin with Hong Guang Jia of the PSO. She also studied composition at 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. In the summer of 2018, Hannah participated in Yellow Barn’s Young Artist Program. In the fall of 2018, she will begin studying with Dr. Robert Beaser at the Juilliard School.