Hannah Ishizaki is a young composer from Pittsburgh, based in New York City. Hannah’s works often draw from the physicality and theatricality of performance practice. Immersed in the world of collaboration, Hannah frequently works with dancers, actors, filmmakers, and visual artists to connect the seemingly unconnected and create innovative and multidisciplinary projects. Hannah is currently in residence as a Toulmin Creator through National Sawdust and The Center for Ballet and the Arts. 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. Her current projects include collaborations with pianist Umi Garrett and a piece for Trombone and live electronic processing.
In addition to composing, Hannah has also organized and created multidisciplinary arts performances and organizations. Recently, she organized the Amplified Currents Festival of the Arts Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 editions, which focused on highlighting the process of collaboration. She has also created “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.
Hannah is currently in the studios of Andrew Norman for composition and Areta Zhulla and Ronald Copes for violin at the Juilliard School where she is the proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.