Alexander Hanna was appointed Principal Bass of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Riccardo Muti in 2012. Prior to this, he served as Principal Bass of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Hanna is recognized as one of the finest musicians of his generation. He has performed as soloist, chamber musician, teacher and orchestral musician throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. His passion for chamber music has led to collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Mitsuko Uchida and Dawn Upshaw among others. In 2015 Hanna will be featured as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of James Conlon. Hanna is also devoted to new music and makes frequent appearances on the Chicago Symphony"s MusicNOW series. He serves on the faculty of DePaul University and coaches the bass section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has taught master classes at many universities and conservatories including the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University and the Juilliard School. In 2016 he will coach the National Youth Orchestra (USA) and the Pacific Music Festival. His primary teachers have included Harold Robinson, Edgar Meyer and Scott Haigh. This is his first appearance at PMF.