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Cello Chat with Host Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb and guest Ms. Hannah Holman.

About the Episode 

On this episode of Cello Chat, my special guest is Hannah Holman, cellist, joined the New York City Ballet Orchestra in 2012.

Meet the Guest

Hannah Holman, cellist, joined the New York City Ballet Orchestra at the beginning of the 2012-2013 season. Her career has encompassed orchestral and chamber music, solo performances, and teaching. In a review of the second CD she recorded with pianist Réne Lecuona, Fanfare magazine declares "her tone and technique are the stuff that cello legends are made of "... Holman's cello sings with a lustrous tone that's hard to resist." In addition to her work with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Ms. Holman is the principal cellist of the Quad City Symphony, a position she has held since 2008. She began her professional career in England playing with the English String Orchestra under Yehudi Menuhin and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle. Her previous orchestral work also includes serving as assistant principal cello with the Michigan Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony; and the American Sinfonietta. Hannah is fortunate to have a diverse career allowing much time for solo work. She is currently in post production of CD #3 with Réne Lecuona featuring cello sonatas by female composers from the past. She was also featured on a new CD, Between the Sandhills and the Sea, music for cello and piano by Eric Starr. She recently performed Jerome Robbins' Suite of Dances on stage as part of the NYCB Move’s tour to the Vail Dance Festival and performed Schelomo by Bloch with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Other recent concertos with the QCSO have included the Korngold Cello Concerto and Jennifer Higdon’s Soliloquy, which she also played with the Solomon Chamber Orchestra in Indiana. She is in the middle of a video project highlighting the lives of women cellists from the past, and performed six pieces with the Iowa City Community Chamber Orchestra, each piece focusing on a different cellist. She performed the 4th Cello Suite of J.S. Bach in Carnegie Hall on March 3, 2020 as part of the Bach Cello Suite Festival, celebrating 300 years of the cello suites. Upcoming concerto appearances include the Korngold Concerto with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra in her hometown. An active chamber musician, Ms Holman helped found Trio 826, with her dear friends Susanna Klein, violin, and Julia Bullard, viola. She was a founding member of the Beaumont Piano Trio, which performed around the United States and England, and was also a founding member of Quadrivinium, a music ensemble in residence at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. From 2002-2011, she was a member of the Maia Quartet, the University of Iowa's quartet in residence, which toured China, Japan, and throughout the United States, including teaching residencies at Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Great Wall International Music Academy in China, and the Austin Chamber Music Center. She regularly performs in chamber ensembles with musicians from throughout the United States and Europe. A dedicated private teacher who finds great fulfillment in helping students of all ages grow musically, Ms. Holman was on the University of Iowa music faculty from 2002-2012, and most recently was on the faculties of the University of Northern Iowa and Biola Conservatory. She has also served on the faculties of the Worcester College (UK), Michigan State University Community School, and Virginia Union University. She has participated in numerous festivals, and has been on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival since 2001 and currently serves on the faculty of the International Cello Institute, the Five Seasons Music Festival, and Taconic Music. Hannah is the founder and Artistic Director of a new music school based in the Quad Cities, The Deanery School of Music. Ms. Holman studied at the Eastman School of Music and Michigan State University, where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree. She obtained her Master of Music Degree with Fritz Magg at the New England Conservatory. Hannah was fortunate enough to have several lessons with William Pleeth in London as postgraduate study. Her musical education began at age 5 with her grandmother, whose 1925 Becker cello she plays today. She is eternally grateful for the fine teaching of a transformative teacher, Louis Potter, during her junior high and high school years. Ms. Holman - whose hobbies include foodie and thrifting activities, as well as traveling to new places- lives in NYC with her cat, Ripley.

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