CSO names new principal bass

Mon May 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Alexander Hanna

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have appointed Alexander Hanna as the orchestra’s new principal bass. He succeeds Joseph Guastafeste who retired from the CSO last year after 49 years in the position.

Hanna, 26, is currently principal bass of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since 2008, after graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music.  Born in Bowling Green, Ohio, Hanna has performed with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, as well as with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he was also a prize-winning Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Hanna will join the CSO June 4.

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