Han Lash



Competition Winner

Born: November 22, 1981 (Alfred, New York)

Han Lash was the winner of a Composer Award by the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation in 2010.

Lash is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in 2004, and received a performance degree from the Cleveland Institute in 2008, a PHD from Harvard University in 2010, and an Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music in 2012. Lash's teachers included Martin Bresnick, Bernard Rands, Julian Anderson, Steven Stucky, Augusta Read Thomas and Robert Morris.

In 2022, Lash was appointed Associate Professor of Music in Composition at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Lash is also currently a lecturer in harp and composition at the Mannes School of Music, and was formerly on the composition faculty at the Yale School of Music.

Lash has served as composer in residence with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (2013-2014) as well as the Sound Investment Composer with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

An accomplished harpist, in November 2021, they premiered Lash's double harp concerto, The Peril of Dreams with the Seattle Symphony and its principal harpist Valerie Muzzolini, and in August 2020, Hub New Music premiered Lash's The Nature of Breaking with the composer as soloist. Lash's Concerto for Harp was premiered in November 2019 by the Naples Philharmonic. In 2019, Lash's chamber opera, Desire, was premiered at Columbia University's Miller Theater and in 2018-2019, Paul Appleby and Natalia Katyukova gave the world premiere of Songs of Imagined Love, a song cycle commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

The 2017-2018 season saw Lash's Piano Concerto No. 1 In Pursuit of Flying 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. In 2016, they composed new works for pianist Lisa Moore and loadbang for a Portrait Concert at Columbia University's Miller Theater.

Lash's music has been commissioned by orchestras: Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angels Chamber Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra; and chamber music by: JACK Quartet, the Arditti Quartet, the Jupiter Quartet, loadbag, and Hub New Music, among others. Their music has been performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Tanglewood, Aspen Music Festival and School, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, New York City Opera's VOX, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Awards include from the Fromm Foundation, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship and Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Barnard Rogers Prize and the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize.

As a recipient of the Naumburg Foundation's Composer Award,  Lash's Subtilior, Lamento, received its world premiere on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. The work was performed by the Da Capo Chamber Players and percussionist Matthew Gold.


2010 Composition Competition

First Prize

Commissioned Works

Han Lash: Subtilior Lamento

Naumburg Performances

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