Hannah MacLean, Violin
American violinist Hannah Ruth MacLean is an avid performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music and has performed throughout the United States and Canada. As a chamber musician, Hannah has collaborated with Rachel Barton Pine, Philip Chiu, Marina Thibeault, David Kalhous, Lambert Chen, Paul Zafer, and Julie Trudeau, and she is a founding member of the Cheng-MacLean duo. Hannah serves as the Principal Second Violinist of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and regularly performs as a section violinist of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. She served as concertmaster of the Florida University Symphony Orchestra during its 2020-2021 season and she was the winner of the 2021 Doctoral Concerto Competition at Florida State University, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Other significant projects include a Cheng-MacLean Duo debut at Carnegie Hall in May 2022.
Hannah is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Music in Violin Performance at Florida State University, where she was a graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Shannon Thomas. She holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Wheaton College. Her primary teachers include Violaine Melançon, Felicia Moye, and Paul Zafer.
Hannah has appeared at numerous summer festivals, including Bowdoin International Music Festival, Domaine Forget International Music Festival, Northwestern Summer Violin Institute, and Camp Musical des Laurentides. She has performed in masterclasses for esteemed violinists Midori Goto, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Ilya Kaler, Rachel Barton Pine, Paul Kantor, Martin Chalifour, Régis Pasquier, and Lucie Roberts.
As a dedicated pedagogue, Hannah teaches undergraduate violinists and coaches chamber music ensembles at Florida State University. She coaches the first violin sections in the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras, and she maintains a private studio. In the summers, Hannah serves as artist-faculty for the Tutti Chamber Music Summer Festival Program in Wheaton, Illinois.