B i o g r a p h y
Hannah LeGrand is an actively performing classical violinist, based in New York City. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the Greatbatch School of Music. There she has spent several years as the concert master of the Houghton Symphony and as the first violin in the Bravada String Quartet. Most recently, she taught full-time as a violin and piano instructor in the Bay Area at Scherzo Music School, MusicLand School of Music, and MusicArt Studio.
Hannah has worked with a number of reputable teachers and performers including Martha Thomas, Charlie Castleman of Eastman and Frost School of Music, Laura Bossert of Syracuse University and Boston Conservatory, Sally Thomas of the Juilliard School, Ann Setzer of Mannes at the New School, and Stephanie Chase of NYU. She has also attended Summer Strings at NYU, Meadowmount School of Music, and the Castleman Quartet Program, during the summers, where she was coached by notable individuals such as Kikuei Ikeda from the Tokyo String Quartet and John Kochanowski (a protegé of Robert Mann, a member of the Juilliard String Quartet).
Aside from her classical background, Hannah also has experience in jazz, pop, and contemporary music, and has also performed vocal music and has played electric bass, French horn, and guitar. She enjoys arranging solo pieces for violin and has, in the past, composed and performed in a pop style. She currently performs in the Intima Duo, a guitar-violin duo.
In teaching, Hannah is very invested in each student's success, and in finding an inspiring way to achieve it. She believes strongly in avoiding tension and burn-out, and instead seeks to find sustainable and productive avenues through which to become not only an excellent technician, but a superior artist. Hannah does not believe in a singular, rigid approach to teaching, but rather wishes to open up a chance for the student to discover where his or her passions lie.