Featured Collaborator: Hannah Coleman
Australian recorder player Hannah Coleman is a versatile musician. A passionate orchestral musician, soloist, chamber musician and music educator, she delights in exploring the ever-expanding range of musical landscapes her instrument offers.
Equally at home in the early and contemporary music realms, Hannah has performed with some of Australia’s leading ensembles and soloists. Recent highlights include Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto, BWV 1057 with Mahan Esfahani, Erik Bosgraaf and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (2017), Brandenburg Concerto IV with Genevieve Lacey and the Australian Chamber Orchestra (2013) and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (2015) and Telemann’s Double Recorder concerto, with Ruth Wilkinson and Ludovico’s band (2013). As an orchestral musician, Hannah performs regularly throughout Australia with baroque ensembles including Bach Akademie Australia, Opera Victoria, Polyphonic Voices and in the St John’s Cantata series. In 2014, she recorded Nigel Westlake’s soundtrack for Australian film Paper Planes with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, released on ABC Classics. Hannah has broadcast for ABC Classic FM, 3MBS and Radio 4 NL. She is a member of The Recorder Co-Op (Alex Balliet-Joly, Ruth Wilkinson and Ryan Williams), who commission and perform recorder repertoire for Renaissance recorders, and present education projects in Melbourne.
Hannah is also keenly interested in contemporary music, and in creating new contexts in which the recorder might be heard. As one half of Duo H|A (with pianist Anne Veinberg), she has premiered new works for piano and electronics by Michael Young (UK) and Charlie Sdrualig (AU), as well as exploring little-known existing repertoire for the combination. In 2014, Hannah ventured into the world of contemporary popular music, recording ‘As I have loved you’ for Pamela Joy’s album, l’aparela, released on scarlettandsam.
Hannah completed Bachelor degrees in Music and Arts (history) at The University of Melbourne. Studying primarily with Ruth Wilkinson, Hannah completed the music component of her degree in 2007 as best graduating student. Throughout her studies, Hannah was the recipient of awards including the Commonwealth Learning Scholarship, Melbourne Abroad Scholarship, Ormond Exhibition, Desma Woolcock Scholarship and Catherine Grace McWilliam Prize. With the generous assistance of the Welsford Smithers Travelling Scholarship, Hannah studied recorder performance at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam under Jorge Isaac, where she graduated in 2012.