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Welsh composer and teacher Hilary Tann was born in Llwynypia, Glamorgan on 2 November 1947. She studied at the University of Wales, Cardiff with Alun Hoddinott and at Princeton University with J K Randall and Milton Babbitt.
Her music is published by Oxford University Press and has been recorded on various labels, including Navona Records and Lorelt. She held a series of composer residencies, and wrote concertos for violin, alto saxophone and her own instrument, the cello. The popular Shakkei, a dyptich for solo oboe and chamber orchestra, commissioned by the Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts on the Welsh borders, was first performed by Virginia Shaw at the 2007 Presteigne Festival.
Hilary Tann, also a published haiku poet, was taught to play the shakuhachi and Japanese music influenced her own output, as did the natural world and Wales in particular.
She lived in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, NY, USA. From 1980 until 2019 she was the John Howard Payne Professor of Music at Union College, Schenectady, New York, USA.
Hilary Tann died suddenly on 8 February 2023, aged seventy-five.
Further information: hilarytann.com
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