Cellist Hannah Collins is a dynamic performer devoted to diverse forms of musical expression. With support from The Presser Foundation, Hannah spent two years in France and The Netherlands researching, commissioning, performing contemporary solo cello repertoire. She was the winner of the 2010 De Link Competition for contemporary interpretation, and she continues to collaborate frequently with composers, singers, dancers, and actors to create new works and interdisciplinary projects, particularly with her duo New Morse Code. Hannah is also an active performer of early music, appearing regularly with the Quodlibet Ensemble, Sebastian Chamber Players, and New York Baroque Incorporated. She has been invited to give solo and chamber music performances at festivals throughout Europe and North America, including the Kneisel Hall, Centre d’arts Orford, Aldeburgh, and Giverny music festivals. Hannah holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Yale College, a master’s degree and artist diploma in cello performance from the Yale School of Music, and a graduate degree from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Her teachers have included Stefan Reuss, Ole Akahoshi, Aldo Parisot, and Michel Strauss. As part of her Ensemble ACJW program, Hannah will teach on Staten Island at IS 61 William A. Morris.