At the age of two, Hannah Pike was begging her parents for piano lessons, and by age four had decided that being a pianist was “what she wanted to be when she grew up". Originally from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Hannah relocated to Brisbane to study her Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, which she graduated from in 2017. Shortly after graduation, Hannah moved again from Brisbane to Melbourne in order to begin her training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
Throughout her study, Hannah was mentored by Daniel de Borah and Natasha Vlassenko, and received masterclasses from internationally renowned artists such as John Chen, Roy Howat, Bart Van Oort and Sivan Silver. Notable performances have included Crossbows Chamber Music Festival, Australian Piano Duo Festival, Queensland Music Festival, concertos with Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra, and performances in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House. Hannah particularly enjoys collaborative music, and is the pianist of Ensemble Edesia.
As well as regular performances on the piano, Hannah enjoys working and performing as a percussionist. She has performed with the Queensland Youth Symphony, Queensland Wind Orchestra, Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra, and Noosa Orchestra, as well as a performance on-field for the 2015 NRL Grand Final series. Hannah is also a passionate educator, and taught both piano and percussion/drum kit in various schools across the Sunshine Coast throughout her study.
When not at the piano, Hannah enjoys cooking, reading and finding new additions for her quirky sock collection.
IN HANNAH'S WORDS
“When I was four years old, I watched an Ali Wood Concert in Gympie. I couldn’t believe how long she played for, and how many notes she hit! She also had long blonde hair just like I did, so I wanted to be just like her. Ever since then I wanted to become a musician, and convey stories, ideas, and feelings through music, especially through the works that are not often played or are simply different.”
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - Andrea Goldsmith, Diane Lightfoot, Olga Abrahams
Photo by Pia Johnson