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Hannah Schmidt has been a member of the MSO cello section since 2012. She is a native of Memphis and completed both her undergraduate and masters degrees in cello performance under Leonardo Altino at the University of Memphis. Hannah enjoys teaching her inspiring students and playing outreach concerts as part of the Tunes and Tales program. In her spare time, you can find her devouring a good book with a cup of coffee or spending time with her husband and kids.
Get to Know Hannah...
What inspired you to become a musician?
In high school, when I was on the fence about career choices, I saw Lynn Harrell play Elgar with the MSO and realized that I couldn’t imagine my life without being a part of that world.
What drew you to your instrument?
Initially, I think I loved the cello because it was different. I have an older sister who plays violin, so I was surrounded by her community of violinists. As I got older, I think my passion for the cello was due to the incredible singing sound and range the instrument is capable of.
Do you teach, perform, or record outside of your work with the MSO?
I have a studio of some amazing, inspiring students.
What are some of your favorite places in Memphis?
Shelby Farms, the Greenline, Big River Crossing, The Zoo, Crosstown
Favorite non-classical artist?
When you’re not rehearsing or performing, what do you enjoy doing?
Running, Reading, Hanging out with my family
Favorite sports team or athlete?
C.S. Lewis Space Trilogy