Hannah Mitchell is a professional pianist based in South Wales who is classically trained and a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. With her mother as the principal of Hebron Piano School, Aberdare, Hannah began learning to play at two years of age. She gained an A grade in GCSE music at the age of thirteen and Grade 8 piano the following year. In her early years she competed in the South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians where she won many awards. In 2005, Hannah obtained her ABRSM diploma in solo performance (piano). In 2006, she graduated from the University of Exeter with a first class honours degree in music. Hannah then went on to study for her postgraduate diploma in solo performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying piano with Michael Young. Whilst at RWCMD, Hannah played in a variety of masterclasses with pianists such as Bernard Roberts, Penelope Roskell, Leon McCawley and Boris Berman. She also entered the Concerto Trials and Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition with Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. In 2007, Hannah won the Jacobson Prize.
Hannah now enjoys a varied career as a freelance performer, accompanist and ABRSM examiner based in the Cynon Valley. She forms part of the flute and piano duo Tranquillo who released it’s debut album in 2010. Tranquillo has performed at venues including St. David’s Hall, the Wales Millennium Centre, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and regularly provide classical concerts for P&O and Cunard cruise lines, travelling as far as New Zealand. In 2014 she accompanied young Norwegian singer Tomine Mikkeline as she supported Aled Jones on his UK tour, and has more recently worked with celebrity vocal coach Carrie Grant. Hannah is an examiner for ABRSM, both in the UK and internationally, working in places such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai.
Whilst Hannah’s career takes her all around the world she is a valleys girl born and bred, and there is nothing quite like coming home to Wales. When she is not travelling, Hannah enjoys providing music for weddings and events, both in Wales and further afield.