Hannah Ishizaki is a young composer from Pittsburgh, based in New York City. In 2017, she became the youngest woman ever to have a world premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO). Her compositions have been performed across the country and internationally, including in Spain, France, New York, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. Immersed in the world of collaboration, Hannah frequently works with dancers, actors, filmmakers, and visual artists to create innovative and multidisciplinary projects. Recently, Hannah was an inaugural recipient of the Blueprint Fellowship with National Sawdust and the Toulmin Foundation, culminating in a performance of her piece for Solo Dancer at National Sawdust in November of 2019. Her current projects include collaborations with a filmmaker, a Baroque Flutist, and a choreographer.
In addition to composing, Hannah has also organized and created multidisciplinary arts performances and organizations. Recently, she organized “See Music; Hear Art,” a collaboration between Juilliard composers and Cooper Union visual artists to create collaborative works, which was presented in a sold-out performance and gallery. She currently serves as the Creative Director to the National Arts Diversity Integration Association (NADIA) and organized the Amplified Currents Festival of the Arts.
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.