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ABOUT

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Hannah Chen (b. 2006) is a composer and harpist from the San Francisco Bay Area, California. She is a student at San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College studying harp with Jennifer Ellis and composition with Mario Godoy. Hannah currently serves as the harpist for San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and has also been the harpist for Contra Costa Wind Symphony.

As a harpist, she is a two time first prizewinner in the BACAHS Yvonne LaMothe Schwager Competition, has won 1st place in the United States International Music Competition, 1st in the Charleston International Baroque Competition, 1st in the New York International Young Musician Competition, the Grand prizewinner of the American Soloist International Music Competition and the Grand prizewinner of the Prodigy International Music Competition. She has also been a prizewinner in the American Harp Society National Competition and U.S. Open Music Competition. She has performed in the East Bay Chamber Music Festival as a harp trio and been a member of Music at the Mission's Chamberfest summer festival.

Hannah is an alumna of Wildflower Composers, SFCM Technology and Applied Composition Immersive, Boston University Tanglewood Institute and Luna Composition Lab. She has received recognition from the Bay Area Creative Foundation Youth Awards, the National YoungArts Foundation, the SFCM Pre-College Kris Getz Competition, the Illinois Young Composers Contest, the Warren County Summer Music Young Composers Competition, and more. Her works have been performed by International Contemporary Ensemble, Music at the Mission’s Chamberfest, Argus Quartet, SFCM students and faculty, and more. She was a Featured Composer at American Harp Society’s 2023 National Institute and was recently commissioned by EXTENSITY Concert Series, where she will have a premiere of a solo cello work in 2024. Hannah also enjoys film/video game scoring and other multimedia projects. 

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