Violinist Hannah Christiansen began playing the violin as a child in San Antonio, TX. She has since lived in many pockets of the United States and studied violin in all of them, leading her to earn degrees from Oberlin College, Oberlin Conservatory, and Northwestern University, where she studied with Milan Vitek and Gerardo Ribeiro, respectively. 

As a chamber musician, Hannah has been a Sponsored Artist of High Concept Labs as a member of the Zafa Collective, a fellow at the Bang on a Can festival, a fellow at the Manchester Music Festival, and has won the Bienen School of Music Honors Competition. She has been featured as a soloist with the South Loop Symphony and with Northwestern University’s Baroque Music and Contemporary Music Ensembles in recent seasons, and maintains an active career as an orchestral player as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the West Michigan Symphony.

Hannah co-founded the Zafa Collective—a mixed instrumentation chamber ensemble—in 2016; with Zafa she is dedicated to increasing the representation of women, LGBTQ+, and composers of color on contemporary concert programs. She serves as the violinist and artistic director for the Collective and can often be found researching new pieces and venues across the Chicago area.

In her personal life, Hannah is a sports enthusiast who occasionally plays field hockey and regularly writes for Inside Lacrosse.

Hannah Christiansen’s Civic Fellowship is sponsored by Dr. Marylou Witz .