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Susanna Hancock


About this Artist

Susanna Hancock is an Asian-American composer and bassoonist whose music explores color, process, and acoustic phenomena. Plurality, ambiguity, juxtaposition, transience, and impermanence are currents that move throughout Susanna’s work as a reflection on identity and “place” – or lack thereof. 

Susanna’s compositions have been performed by the JACK Quartet, ZAFA Collective, Metropolis Ensemble, Desdemona Ensemble, ~Nois Saxophone Quartet, and members of the St. Louis Symphony, among others. Susanna’s work has been recognized by ASCAP, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and Creative Loafing and has been featured in concerts and festivals across the world including the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Vox Novus/Composers Voice Concert Series, and the Dimitria Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Susanna is co-founder and co-artistic director of Terroir New Music, a concert/event series started in 2017 that pairs the music of living composers with local food and drink. Terroir is focused on fostering meaningful collaborations among creatives in an immediate area and is the coalescence of Susanna’s passion for contemporary music and lifetime of experience in the food service industry. The concepts of terroir and community-building are central tenets of all Susanna’s compositional and creative projects.

Susanna holds a Master of Music in Theory & Composition degree from New York University and Bachelor of Composition and Bassoon Performance degrees from the University of South Florida. Primary teachers have included Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, and Baljinder Sekhon.