Hannah Roberts

Hannah Roberts

About Hannah Roberts

Hannah Roberts is one of the outstanding ‘cellists of her generation and was privileged to have studied with William Pleeth and Ralph Kirshbaum.

Having won prizes in numerous prestigeous competitions and awards such as Shell LSO, BBC Young Musician, Jacqueline Du Pre Memorial and Pierre Fournier awards Hannah has gone on to give many concerto performances with leading orchestras, including the London Mozart Players, LSO, BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Halle, also making frequent broadcasts for BBC radio and recoding for ASV.

Festival appearances have included Chichester, Malvern, Beverley, ‘Beethovenfest’ and regular participation in the prestigious ‘Manchester International Cello Festival’ where she was invited to lead a world premiere of a cello sextet work by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and performed on numerous occasions.

Internationally she has taken part part in the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles and numerous other festivals in Europe, and has an active schedule of solo and chamber music performances.

In addition to being principal ‘cellist of Manchester Camerata and her activities as soloist and chamber musician, Hannah is a committed and sought after teacher and is professor of cello at the RAM in London and the RNCM in Manchester, and is a visiting tutor for the University of Oxford. Hannah’s distinguished current and past students include, amongst many others, Sheku Kanneh Mason ( currently studying with Hannah at London’s Royal Academy of Music), Nicholas Trygstad ( principal cellist of the Halle Orchestra), and Jonathan Dormand, cellist of the Verona string quartet.

She is honoured to have been awarded an FRNCM and HonRAM for her work helping to nurture upcoming ‘cellists, and enjoys working with some of the world’s most gifted young ‘cellists at prestigious international masterclasses each summer.

Hannah Roberts on her Teaching Philosophy

Reprinted with permission from Aitchison Cellos. ‘It’s such a privilege to be involved in the evolution of another person’s progress and the benefits of this stimulating process are mutual. You learn as much as you give. The essence of it however, remains the same: sensing as much as you can about the other person’s thought process and their way of understanding is the key to being able to help them. That is the cornerstone, whether in a consultation lesson or working with a long-term student. You are constantly trying to sense what the person needs at that stage and how they are processing what you are trying to give them. Are they able to utilise it there and then? Or are you sowing the seed of the idea that may [...]

Hannah Roberts on her Musical Upbringing and Studying with William Pleeth and Ralph Kirshbaum

Reprinted with permission from Aitchison Cellos. In the first of an annual series of interviews with leading UK cello professors, Hannah Roberts talks about her musical upbringing and her experience of studying with William Pleeth and Ralph Kirshbaum. ‘I will always be grateful to my first teacher, my mother, for her unfailing dedication and for striking such a skillful balance between keeping things fun and maintaining discipline. I’m also very thankful that she tested the set up and response of my modest childhood instruments to be sure that they would work well for me because the way an instrument is set up is tremendously formative to a person’s concept of sound and physical approach. ‘I was offered a place at the Menuhin school when I was 8 years old. William [...]

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