Hannah Zhang

Potomac, Maryland

Northwestern University, Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, 2027
Northwestern University, Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, 2027

Hannah is a first-year piano performance student at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, studying under Professor Christopher Guzman. She has received numerous international prizes as a soloist, leading to performances in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Strathmore, and the U.S. State Department. Hannah is also an active violinist, serving as co-concertmaster of Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra’s Philharmonic in the 2022-2023 season, and currently playing in the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra.

What inspired you to become a musician?
Accompanying Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1 as a violinist in the orchestra.

Who are your all-time favorite composers and/or pieces? Why?
Johann Sebastian Bach (Chaconne), Ludwig van Beethoven (Op. 106, 109, 110, 111), and Alexander Scriabin (Piano Sonata No. 2, Symphony No. 1)

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
I have an irrational fear of fingernails — probably tied to being a pianist!

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Grabbing a little drink (coffee/boba) and playing word hunt.

Why did you choose the NRO?
I chose the NRO for the opportunity to fully dedicate myself to the art of orchestral playing over the summer.