Hanno Strydom | Cellist

Short Biography

The son of South African dissidents, Hanno Strydom was born in Ireland and came to the U.S. in 1997 to study at the Eastman School of Music under Professor Steven Doane. He is an active performer, collaborating regularly with leading musicians from around the Midwest region and beyond. Performances in recent seasons have included several appearances on MacPhail Center for Music’s Spotlight Series (Antonello Hall, Minneapolis), and concerts at The Baroque Room (St. Paul), Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Music on the Hill (Mankato), University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire), University of North Dakota (Grand Forks), Concordia College (Moorhead), and Thursday Musical Morning Artist Series (Bloomington Arts Center).

Past performances have included solo appearances with the National Symphony and Concert Orchestras of Ireland and the Eastman Philharmonia, and recital and chamber music concerts at Ireland’s National Concert Hall and the Bank of Ireland Arts Center (Dublin). His concerto debut in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto at age nineteen was praised by The Irish Times as a “conspicuous success” with Hanno Stydom having “made light work of the demanding cello part.”

Hanno earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in cello performance from Eastman, where he also won the Cello Concerto Competition, was awarded the Performer’s Certificate, and completed an Orchestral Studies Diploma. As a graduate student he was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship. In addition to his work at Eastman, Hanno also studied with many leading musicians in masterclass settings, most notably as a student in Steven Isserlis' class at the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, in Cornwall, England—one of the world's premiere short course seminars.

Hanno joined the faculty of MacPhail Center for Music, the largest and one of the most highly regarded community music schools in the United States, when he moved to the Twin Cities in 2008. Detailed information about Hanno and his work can be found at