Alexander Hanna was appointed principal bass of the Chicago Symphony by Riccardo Muti in 2012. Prior to this, he served as principal bass of the Detroit Symphony.
A Curtis graduate, he has performed internationally as soloist, chamber musician, lecturer, and orchestral musician. His passion for chamber music has led to collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Mitsuko Uchida, and Jeremy Denk among others. He has performed at festivals including the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and the Bellingham Festival of Music, where he was featured as a concerto soloist in the summer of 2015. In the summer of 2012 Hanna was chosen to lead the bass section of the All-Star Orchestra in New York City with performances broadcast on PBS. In addition to classical music, he is devoted to new music often appearing on the CSO’s MusicNOW series.
Mr. Hanna serves on the faculty of DePaul University and coaches the bass section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has taught master classes at conservatories including the Cleveland Institute, Juilliard, and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (Warsaw), among others. This past summer he coached the National Youth Orchestra and played at the Pacific Music Festival.
Alex Hanna’s primary teachers have included Hal Robinson, Edgar Meyer, Scott Haigh, Kay Moore and Virginia Marks.