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Hilary Tann
Welsh-born composer, Hilary Tann (b. Ferndale, Rhondda Fach), now lives in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York where she is the John Howard Payne Professor of Music at Union College, Schenectady. Her early musical studies were with Alun Hoddinott at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and with J. K. Randall at Princeton University, USA.

Her music continues to be influenced by her love of Wales and by her strong identification with the natural world. A deep interest in the traditional music of Japan has led to private study of the shakuhachi and guest visits to Japan, Korea, and China.

Numerous organizations have supported her work, including the Welsh Arts Council, New York State Council on the Arts, Meet The Composer, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Many works are available on CD from North/South Recordings, Channel Classics, Deux Elles, Albany Records, and others. Her music is published by Brichtmark Music, Inc., Rowanberry Music, and Oxford University Press.

Ensembles that have commissioned and performed her works include the European Women’s Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, North American Welsh Choir, Tenebrae, Presteigne Festival, American Guild of Organists, North American Saxophone Alliance, Louisville Symphony Orchestra, Women’s Philharmonic, Meininger Trio, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Thai Philharmonic, and KBS Philharmonic in Seoul, Korea.

Shakkei, a diptych for oboe solo and chamber orchestra, was premiered by oboist Jinny Shaw in the Presteigne Festival, August 2007, and has since been recorded and performed in Dublin, at the 2008 IAWM Congress in Beijing, in New York City, in Rio de Janeiro, in San Francisco, and at 15th World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, Thailand, with Susan Fancher, solo soprano saxophone, July 2009.

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