Hanah Elizabeth Stuart, hailed as a performing artist who “wields a violin with unmistakable panache” (Theater Mania), represents a new and exciting 21st century breed of violinists. Previously, Ms. Stuart was a violinist with the Utah Symphony and the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Stuart has served as Concertmaster of The Juilliard Orchestra, The Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, The YouTube Symphony Orchestra, and she has also served various Principal roles in festival orchestras including the Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Music Festival. She joined the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in 2016.
Ms. Stuart’s unique talents led her to off-Broadway in the spring of 2012 where she starred as Young Erica Morini in The Morini Strad alongside of Mary Beth Peil and Michael Laurence. Media appearances include features on Harmony Films’ documentary The Road to Carnegie Hall; CBS's The Early Show; 2009 Kronberg Academy's Abschlusskonzertder Meisterschüler (Kronberg, Germany); an internationally broadcast performance for Keshet Eilon’s Gala Concert in Tel Aviv, Israel; features on WGN, HBO, MTV, SpikeTV's Gamehead and G4 at E3 Summer 2007 with her band, Corporeal; 2006 Academy Award-nominated documentary, Rehearsing a Dream; and numerous NPR broadcast performances since 2002.
Ms. Stuart made her solo debut at age ten, performing at a Southwest Symphony benefit concert. She made her Symphony Center debut in Chicago at 16, and continued to solo with several American orchestras under Maestros Nicholas McGegan, Thomas Hinds, Francesco Milioto and Allen Tinkham among others. Ms. Stuart has taken top prizes in competitions including the Skokie Valley Young Artist Competition, the Blount Slawson Young Artist Competition, and the NFAA ARTS Awards among others.
Ms. Stuart has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from The Juilliard School where she studied under David Chan and Joel Smirnoff. She previously studied with Roland and Almita Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago. Other mentors include Kathleen Winkler, Shlomo Mintz, Ily Kaler, Rachel Barton-Pine, Desiree Ruhstrat, Simin Ganatra and Paul Kantor among others.