Hannah Ryu, the winner of the 2018 WSO Young Soloist Competition, is 17 years old. Hannah is a pianist and composer as well as a violinist. She was born in Boston, and began playing the violin at age 4 and the piano at age 5. She is studying violin, piano, and composition at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where she is a student in the Certificate Program for all three. She received the Level 4 Certificate (highest level) from NEC with honors in 2016. Hannah has won many awards both as a soloist and as a chamber musician.
As a violinist, Hannah has won many awards, including the 2016 Lexington High School (LHS) Concerto Competition, First Prize in the 2015 MMTA Bay State String Competition, and First Prize in the 2010 Ellen Huff Powers Young Artist Competition. She won Second Prize in the 2018 Brockton Symphony Youth Concerto Competition, and Second Prize and Silver Medal in the 2014 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition with her trio, The Brioso Trio. Hannah is an alumna of NPR’s From The Top show and an Arts Leader of FTT’s Center for Development of Arts Leaders. Hannah has performed at many community concerts including FTT’s special event at West Palm Beach, Florida to raise funds for young classical musicians, patients, and others in the community who need support. Hannah is the President and Concertmistress of the LHS Chamber Orchestra. She is also the founder and President of the Stress Relief Through Musical Language Club at LHS. She has studied violin with Kazuko Matsusaka, Fudeko Takahashi, and Julianne Lee, and is currently studying with Lynn Chang.
As a pianist, Hannah has won many prizes, including First Prize in the 2017 Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition (Leonard D. Woods Award), and First Prize in the 2016 and 2013 Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition (Division 2 and 4). She is a Finalist of the 2017 Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and received the 2018 Soloist of New England Award.
Hannah started composing at age 8 and learned composition and music theory from Rodney Lister and Larry Bell at NEC. An award-winning composer, she has composed piano trios, piano sonatas, waltzes, a four-hand piano piece, string quartets, quintets, sextets, a choral piece, and orchestra pieces. Her pieces have been performed at many concerts and events. Her award-winning string quintet piece, “The Barefoot Tango,” has been performed both locally and at venues such as the Plaza Mayor in Valladolid, Spain.
Besides music, Hannah enjoys swimming, golf, and Taekwondo martial arts (Black Belt holder). She lives with her family and pet fish in Lexington, MA where she attends Lexington High School.