Hilary Tann

Welsh composer 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.  She has held a series of composer residencies, and has written 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 was taught to play the shakuhachi and Japanese music has influenced her own output, as has the natural world and Wales in particular.

She lives 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.

Further information: hilarytann.com


A selection of articles about Hilary Tann

Classical music news. June 2022 Newsletter - Watch and listen to our June 2022 newsletter - a special feature on women composers

CD Spotlight. Six Composers, Piano, Strings and Voice - Ona Jarmalavičiūtė listens to works by six female composers. '... performed profoundly ...'

Profile. Connecting the Natural and Human Worlds - Ona Jarmalavičiūtė talks to the Welsh composer Hilary Tann

Profile. Universality of Emotion - Ona Jarmalavičiūtė talks to American composer Rain Worthington

Ensemble. Coming of age - Keith Bramich at the twenty-first Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts