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Hanno Strydom | Cellist

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Hanno Strydom was born in Ireland to South African parents and received his formative training from Christopher Marwood, cellist of the Vanbrugh String Quartet.  He completed his advanced studies with Steven Doane at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he was awarded the Performer's Certificate, and won the Eastman School Cello Concerto Competition.  After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in 2001, Hanno chose to remain at Eastman to complete graduate work as a Fulbright Scholar.

As a graduate student (2001-2003), recognition of his intense pedagogical interest led to his appointment as Professor Doane’s Teaching Assistant, affording him an opportunity to develop his passion for teaching, working with gifted young cellists from around the world.  In addition to completing his Master of Music degree during this period, Hanno also performed for two seasons with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as an Orchestral Studies Fellow, earning an Orchestral Studies Diploma.

Hanno gratefully acknowledges generous grants awarded by the Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholars Trust, the Fulbright Commission, and the Irish Arts Council, all of which facilitated his studies.

In addition to his work at Eastman, Hanno studied with many notable musicians in masterclass settings.  Notably, in 2004 he was admitted to Steven Isserlis' class at the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, in Cornwall, England—one of the world's premiere short course seminars.  He has also received chamber music coaching from members of such prominent ensembles as the Borodin Quartet, Emerson Quartet, Chilingirian Quartet, and Amadeus Quartet.

Hanno's performing activities have included concerto appearances with the National Symphony and Concert Orchestras of Ireland and the Eastman Philharmonia, recitals at Ireland’s National Concert Hall, and the Eastman School’s Kilbourn Hall, an invitation to play principal cello for World Youth Chamber Orchestra tours of Italy and Israel, and considerable chamber music involvement.  Since moving to Minneapolis in 2008, he has performed in chamber music collaborations with a number of leading Twin Cities musicians, including members of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Parker Quartet, Flying Forms, and colleagues from MacPhail Center for Music.

Ever since he graduated from Eastman in 2003, Hanno has been a dedicated music educator, maintaining a thriving studio of students of all ages and levels. Shortly after his arrival in the Twin Cities in 2008 he joined the faculty of MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, the largest and one of the most highly regarded community music schools in the United States.  He is a regular competition judge, both within MacPhail, and externally—most recently having fulfilled invitations to adjudicate at the MNSOTA Mary West Solo Competition, Thursday Musical, YPSCA Competition, WAMSO Young Artist Competition and St. Olaf Concerto Competition.

Hanno is increasingly being recognized for his work with technology-based tools to enhance his teaching. In September 2012 he was appointed as an Enhanced Music Learning Lead, serving on the MacPhail team that is tasked with designing and implementing MacPhail's strategy for technology-enhanced music learning. Hanno is a key architect and webmaster of the MacPhail Music Learning Lab, an initiative to enrich professional development and idea sharing among MacPhail faculty. More on his work in this area is available here.

He lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota, with his wife, Nicole, their son, Huck, two cats, and a miniature pinscher, Charlie.  In addition to his musical activities he loves fishing, cooking, and taking trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.