A Philadelphia native, Hannah grew up playing violin, piano, and singing. She started viola at age 17. She has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, New World Symphony (Co-Principal, 2014-17), Central City Opera Orchestra (Principal), and Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra (Principal).
Hannah has given solo performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, and the New World Center in Miami Beach, where she was praised for her "rich tonal sonority" (South Florida Classical Review). Principal viola highlights with the New World Symphony include Strauss' Don Quixote with cellist John Sharp, and on tour with soloist Anne Sophie Mutter. The New York Classical Review wrote of the Carnegie Hall performance: “Violist Hannah Nicholas’s solo line that elided off the end of one of Mutter’s phrases was exceptional.”
Hannah performed in the 2017 Barnes Ensemble in Philadelphia, led by the JACK Quartet. She has been a featured artist with the O, Miami Poetry Festival (2016-18), working with poets and artists on multimedia concerts. Ongoing collaborations include projects with composer Sahba Aminikia, violinist-composer Layale Chaker, and violists Sam Kelder and Deanna Badizadegan.
Hannah's own folk-inspired compositions have been performed at the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University, the Archway Gallery in Houston for the Art of Cultural Intersection in Music series (2016), and the University of Texas El Paso "Perspectives in Counterpoint" Residency (2018). Her original lyrics and songs have been featured on The alt Default EP (2017) and in performances in Philadelphia and Miami.
Hannah earned a Masters in Music from New England Conservatory, studying with Kim Kashkashian, and an Artist Certificate in Chamber Music from San Francisco Conservatory, studying with Paul Hersh and Jonathan Vinocour. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (Magna Cum Laude), where she currently teaches songwriting through the College House Music Program.