Hannah Holman - Cellist

Hannah Holman is a cellist with the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Her career has encompassed orchestral and chamber music, solo performances, and teaching. In December 2012 she released her first Solo CD, a recording of the complete Cello Sonatas by Bernhard Romberg with pianist Réne Lecuona.

In addition to her work with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, which she joined at the beginning of the 2012-2013 season, Hannah 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 orchestral work also includes serving as assistant principal cello with the Michigan Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, and the American Sinfonietta.

An active chamber musician, Hannah 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, and held 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.

As a soloist, Hannah has performed with orchestras in Michigan, Virginia, Georgia, and Iowa.

A dedicated private teacher who finds great fulfillment in helping students of all ages grow musically, Hannah was on the University of Iowa music faculty from 2002-2012, and has 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 the Kansas City String Quartet Program since 2010.

Hannah studied at the Eastman School of Music and Michigan State University, where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree. She earned her Master of Music Degree with Fritz Magg at the New England Conservatory. Her musical education began at age 5 with her grandmother, whose 1925 Becker cello she plays today. She is eternally grateful for the loving and transformative teaching, during her junior high and high school years, of Mr. Louis Potter.

Hannah - whose hobbies include food, wine, and finding killer deals on killer shoes - divides her time between New York and Iowa City, Iowa, where she lives with her son, Matisse, and their cat, Ripley.