Piano Accompanying and Musicology
German-American pianist Hannah Harnest, “excellent” (Concerto.net, Harry Rolnick), has concertized, amongst others, at the Philharmonic Hall (Munich), Wigmore Hall (London), Center for Jewish History and National Sawdust (New York), Harris Concert Hall (Aspen), and the Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson). An invited resident at Songfest Los Angeles (2019), Aspen Music Festival (2018), Aldeburgh Festival (2016), and Académie musicale de Villecroze (2013) – she was a semi-finalist at ‘Das Lied’ (Heidelberg) and the ‘Wigmore Hall Song Competition’ (London). In October 2019, along with New Chamber Ballet and Mivos Quartet, Hannah performed at the “Strange Scenes Festival” at New York’s DiMenna Center, receiving enthusiastic mention in The New Yorker, New Music USA, and Seen & Heard International, amongst others. In November 2020, she established the “Music for Thought Series,” collaborating with James Conlon, Leo Baeck Institute, 1014 New York, Nicholas Roerich Museum, Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized, and Banned Art, Stefan Wolpe Society, and NYU Steinhardt’s “Beethoven the Contemporary” Festival (covered by The Washington Post and OperaWire).
Hannah’s research interests focus on the mutual influencing of religion, spiritualism, and music, and she has a publication forthcoming about the Jewish Renewal synagogue Romemu with the Institute for Music Leadership at Eastman.