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Han Lash

Han Lash

Country of origin: United States of America
Birthday: November 22, 1981

About Han Lash

Lash's compact sequence of pale brush strokes, ghostly keening and punchy outbursts was striking and resourceful; you hoped to hear it again...
– Steve Smith, The New York Times

Hailed by The New York Times as “striking and resourceful…handsomely brooding,” Han Lash’s music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, the Times Center in Manhattan, the Chicago Art Institute, Tanglewood Music Center, Harvard University, The Aspen Music Festival & School, The Chelsea Art Museum, and on the American Opera Project’s stage in New York City. Commissions include The Fromm Foundation, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Northwest, the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, American Composers Orchestra, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, The Naumburg Foundation, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Arditti Quartet, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival and School, among many others.

Han Lash began studying music and dance at an early age and was a serious performer and composer by their early teens. They were accepted to the prestigious Eastman School of Music at the age of 15 and enrolled in the bachelor's program at age 16. After studies in harp and composition at Eastman, Lash received an Artist Diploma in harp from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a PhD in composition from Harvard University, and an Artist Diploma in composition from Yale University.

Lash has received numerous honors and prizes, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship (2011) and Fellowship (2016) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fromm Foundation Commission, a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, the Naumburg Prize in Composition, the Barnard Rogers Prize in Composition, the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize in Composition, and numerous academic awards. Han Lash's orchestral work Furthermore was selected by the American Composers Orchestra for the 2010 Underwood New Music Readings. Lash's chamber opera, Blood Rose, was presented by New York City Opera’s VOX in the spring of 2011.

The New York Times music critic Steve Smith praised Lash’s work for the JACK Quartet, Frayed: “Lash’s compact sequence of pale brush strokes, ghostly keening and punchy outbursts was striking and resourceful; you hoped to hear it again…” Esteemed music critic Bruce Hodges lauded Lash’s piece Stalk for solo harp as being “appealing…florid, and introspective.”

In addition to performances in the USA, Lash’s music is also well known internationally. In April of 2008, Lash's string quartet Four Still was performed in Kiev in the Ukraine’s largest international new music festival, “Premieres of the Season,” curated by Carson Cooman. In the summer of 2010, Han Lash's piece Unclose was premiered by members of Eighth Blackbird at the MusicX festival in Blonay, Switzerland. In 2016, the chamber orchestra work This Ease saw its German premiere and was selected as “audience favorite” in performances by the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, conducted by Hermann Bäumer.

Recent premieres include the multi-movement orchestral work The Voynich Symphony by the New Haven Symphony, Form and Postlude for Chamber Music Northwest, a new Requiem for the Yale Choral Artists, How to Remember Seeds for The Calidore String Quartet, Three Shades Without Angles, for flute, viola and harp, by the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Two Movements for violin and piano, commissioned by the Library of Congress for Ensemble Intercontemporain, and a new chamber opera, Beowulf, for Guerilla Opera, as well as several new orchestral works: Chaconnes, for the New York Philharmonic's Biennial, Eating Flowers, for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Nymphs, for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and This Ease, for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as well as two concerti for harp premiered by the American Composers Orchestra (Concerto No. 1 for Harp and Chamber Orchestra) and the Colorado Music Festival (Concerto No. 2 for Harp and Orchestra), both with Lash as soloist.

Other recent premieres include God Music Bug Music (2011) with the Minnesota Orchestra, the monodrama Stoned Prince (2013) by loadbang, Subtilior Lamento (2012) with the Da Capo Chamber Players at Carnegie Hall, and Glockenliebe (2012), for three glockenspiels, with Talujon Percussion. Lash's 2011 orchestral work, Hush, was featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2013 Brooklyn Festival. In 2016, Lash was honored with a Composer Portrait Concert at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, which included newly commissioned works for pianist Lisa Moore (Six Etudes and a Dream) and loadbang (Music for Eight Lungs).  Lash's Piano Concerto No. 1 “In Pursuit of Flying” was premiered by Jeremy Denk and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; the Atlantic Classical Orchestra debuted Facets of Motion for orchestra, and Music for Nine, Ringing was performed at the Music Academy of the West School and Festival. Paul Appleby and Natalia Katyukova premiered Songs of Imagined Love, a song cycle commissioned by Carnegie Hall, in 2018, and in 2019, Lash's chamber opera, Desire, premiered at Miller Theatre to great acclaim. Lash's Double Concerto for piano and harp was premiered by the Naples Philharmonic, and Forestallings, a musical response to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, was premiered by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Lash’s double harp concerto, The Peril of Dreams was premiered by the Seattle Symphony in November 2021, with the composer as one of the featured soloists. Han Lash's music is published exclusively by Schott Music Corporation (New York).

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Chronology

1981
Geboren am 22. November 1981 in Alfred, NY
2002
Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Preis der Eastman School of Music
2004
Bachelor in Musik an der Eastman School of Music
2008
Universitätsabschluss am Cleveland Institute of Music
2010
Uraufführung von "Furthermore" bei den Underwood New Music Lesungen mit dem American Composers Orchestra

Fromm Music Foundation Commission für "Filigree in Textile". Naumburg Foundation Preis für Komposition

Doktortitel in Komposition an der Harvard University
2011
Uraufführung der Kammeroper "Blood Rose" in der VOX-Reihe der New York City Opera

ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Charles Ives Stipendium der American Academy of Arts and Letters

Uraufführung von "God Music Bug Music" mit dem Minnisota Orchestra unter der Leitung von Osmo Vänskä
2012
Artist Diploma der Yale University

ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award
2013
"Hush" mit Los Angeles Philharmonic beim Brooklyn Festival.

Gastprofessur für Komposition an der Yale University.

Composer in Residence beim Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Sound Investment Composer beim Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
2014
Uraufführung von "Three Shades Without Angles" mit den Boston Symphony Chamber Players.

Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant für "Leander and Hero" für Holzbläser-Quintett.

Aaron Copland House Residency Award.
2015
Copland Recording Grant für das neue Album mit dem JACK Quartet und dem Stück "Filigree in Textile" (New Focus Records)

Uraufführung von "Eating Flowers" für Orchester beim Cabrillo Music Festival unter der Leitung von Marin Alsop.

Uraufführung von "Concerto No. 1 for Harp and Chamber Orchestra" mit dem American Composers Orchestra unter George Manahan und Lash als Solistin.

Composer in Residence beim New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Uraufführung des Orchesterwerks "The Voynich Symphony".
2016
Uraufführung der Kammeroper "Beowulf" an der Guerilla Opera unter der Leitung von Andrew Eggert.

Columbia University's Miller Theatre präsentiert ein Komponistenporträt mit den Werken von Lash, Uraufführung eines neuen Werkes für das Ensemble Loadbang.

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