Hannah Collins, cello

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Cellist Hannah Collins, winner of De Linkprijs for contemporary interpretation, is a dynamic performer who takes an active role in expanding the repertoire for cello. She has commissioned solo works by composers such as Caroline Shaw and Timo Andres and studied contemporary solo cello works in France and The Netherlands with support from the Presser Foundation. New Morse Code, her duo with percussionist Michael Compitello, is devoted to catalyzing and championing the works of compelling young artists, garnering support from organizations such as Chamber Music America and New Music USA to work with a diverse array of composers including Tonia Ko, Christopher Stark, and Florent Ghys. New Morse Code's 2017 debut album Simplicity Itself on New Focus Recordings was described by icareifyoulisten.com as “an ebullient passage through pieces that each showcase the duo’s clarity of artistic vision and their near-perfect synchronicity."

Hannah has performed at festivals such as the Aldeburgh Festival, Musique de Chambre à Giverny, Geneva Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, and Creative Dialogue Workshop. She is a member of the Bach Aria Soloists, Quodlibet Ensemble, and Cantata Profana, and has recently performed withThe Knights, Talea Ensemble, and A Far Cry. Praised for her “incisive, vibrant continuo” playing (S. Miami Classical Review), Hannah also appears frequently as a Baroque cellist with the Sebastians, New York Baroque Incorporated, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra.

Hannah holds degrees in biomedical engineering and cello performance from Yale University and additional graduate degrees from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and City University of New York. She is an alumna of Ensemble Connect, a fellowship focused on performance, teaching artistry, and arts advocacy run by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and Weill Music Institute. Hannah is currently Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Kansas and Assistant Director of Avaloch Farm Music Institute.