<September 2015>

Alexander Hanna

principal bass

DSO member since 2008
Hometown: Bowling Green, OH

Alexander Hanna was born in 1986 in Bowling Green, Ohio and was appointed principal double bass of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2008. Throughout his adolescence, he followed his older brother's and sister's footsteps through music and was playing piano recitals when he was four. He then began to sing, play cello and double bass among other instruments.

Throughout his teenage years he composed and played all kinds of music experimenting with classical, rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and others. Alex attended the Interlochen Arts Camp where he performed in a side-by-side concert with the Detroit Symphony which was a pivotal moment in his decision to become a musician. By the time he was in college, Alex had performed hundreds of recitals as a bassist, pianist, cellist, and singer in the United States. He had also held major singing roles in operas and musicals at Bowling Green State University.

Alex made his solo debut with The Toledo Symphony when they invited him to perform piano and double bass concertos with them when he was in fourteen years old. He was then invited back to play again on their summer music festival "music under the stars."

In 2004 the Curtis Institute of Music accepted Alex as a double bass player and he then decided to focus on classical music. At Curtis, he studied with Philadelphia Orchestra principal bass, Hal Robinson and renown soloist Edgar Meyer.

Alex was in constant demand during his college years as a substitute with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony and was principal bass of the Haddonfield (New Jersey) Symphony.

As an avid traveler, Alex has enjoyed playing with the Verbier Festival Orchestra for the past three summers in Verbier, Switzerland and on tour in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. He also has spent summers as a fellow at Tanglewood where he played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was awarded the Maurice Schwartz Prize. In 2008, Alex participated and performed in the Hawaii Contrabass Festival in Honolulu.

Last year, he performed the solo in Mozart's Per questa bella mano with Richard Zuch and the Mozart Chamber Orchestra (Wayne, PA).

Alex lives in Royal Oak, Michigan and also pursues cycling, running and swimming