A special treat for those doing classes at URC on Saturdays this term. Hannah Quinn is currently the Ivor Guest Trainee Pianist at the Royal Ballet, and as part of this programme she is getting additional experience playing for BiSS Saturday ballet classes. This is proving a real treat, a wonderful opportunity to enjoy dancing with a live musician rather than recorded music, and to experience the instantaneous collaboration and enhanced listening that this cultivates in dancers. See below for a biography of Hannah.
British Pianist Hannah Quinn graduated with Distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with an MMus in Repetiteurship. During her studies she was awarded the Leonard Hancock Memorial Prize and the James H. Geddes repetiteur prize. Hannah is an alumnus of the National Opera Studio.
Hannah has had extensive experience in the operatic world, but after discovering ballet through a couple of freelance contracts, has fallen in love with the classical dance form and has taken active steps to pursue it. Hannah is absolutely delighted to be training at the Royal Ballet this season and is fully committed to making the most of this excellent opportunity in order to gain the skills required of a ballet pianist.
Hannah has worked on Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances as it was being devised as a new piece by Liam Scarlett. She has also played for Wayne McGregor in his new commission Obsidian Tear, set to the music of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx. Hannah has also worked with singers and dancers together in Javier Dr Frutos’ Les Enfants Terribles by Philip Glass. She is currently working on Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto, The Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia.
In the operatic world, Hannah has worked as a repetiteur at English National Opera, British Youth Opera, Scottish Opera and English Touring Opera where she was Head of Music Staff for two seasons.
Hannah has also performed as a song recital accompanist in the UK and abroad. She has a varied interest in repertoire spanning German Lied, French Melodie and contemporary music.
Hannah is also a trained conductor and has performed with Southbank Sinfonia, Trinity Orchestra, Tianjin Philharmonic, Hampstead Garden Opera and English Touring Opera.