Melbourne-born violinist Josef Hanna began playing the violin at the age of four under the tutelage of Helge Thelen. Since then, Josef has studied with teachers such as Elizabeth Sellars, Roy Theaker, and Sophie Rowell, with whom he will continue training with in his first year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2019.
A passionate orchestral musician, Josef was appointed Concertmaster of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra (2015-2016) and has held the positions of Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin at Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp (2017-2019).
In 2015, Josef was the winner of Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition ‘Virtuosity’, as well as appearing as a finalist in the Preston Youth Concerto Competition.
As a chamber musician, Josef has toured extensively with chamber orchestras such as the AYO’s Momentum Ensemble and Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra, and his quintet ‘Russique’ was awarded the Musica Viva Second Prize award at the ANAM Chamber Competition in 2018, performing Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor.
When not playing the violin, Josef spends his time playing soccer and tennis while doing his utmost to support his beloved sports teams Collingwood and Liverpool.
IN JOSEF'S WORDS
“I vividly remember watching Maxim Vengerov play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. He has always been my idol so seeing him live was amazing.”
Photo by Pia Johnson