Hilary Tann - Biography

Welsh-born composer, Hilary Tann, lives in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York  where  she  is  the  John  Howard  Payne  Professor  of  Music  Emerita  at  Union  College, Schenectady. Her compositions have been widely performed and recorded by ensembles such as the  European  Women’s  Orchestra,  Tenebrae,  Lontano,  Marsyas  Trio,  Thai  Philharmonic,  Royal Liverpool  Philharmonic,  and  BBC  National  Orchestra  of Wales.  Composer-residencies  include the 2011 Eastman School of Music Women in Music Festival, 2013 Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and 2015 Welsh Music Center.   Praised for its lyricism (“beautiful, lyrical work” – Classical  Music  Web)  and  formal  balance  (“In  the  formal  balance  of  this  music,  there  is  great beauty  ...”  –  Welsh  Music),  her  music  is  influenced  by  a  strong  identification  with  the  natural world. She is a published haiku poet and a deep interest in the traditional music of Japan has led to private study of the shakuhachi and guest visits to Japan, Korea, and China. A recent review of her string quartet, And The Snow Did Lie, states “Tann’s music is shimmering and weightless, effective  and  moving  ...  it  reinforces  the  grounded  spiritual  ecstasy  that  is  Tann’s  distinctive musical outlook” (J. Dalton, Albany Times Union, 5/24/20).

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