Melbourne-born violinist Josef Hanna began playing the violin at the age of four under the tutelage of Helge Thelen. Since then, Josef has achieved a Bachelor of Music, 3 years full time study at the Australian National Academy Music and is currently completing his Masters at The University of Sydney Conservatorium. Along the way Josef has studied with some of Australia’s finest teachers such as Sophie Rowell, Robin Wilson, Zoe Black, Alice Waten and is currently learning from Goetz Richter.
As a chamber/orchestral musician, Josef has toured extensively with chamber orchestras such as the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra and AYO’s Momentum Ensemble. His quintet ‘Russique’ was awarded the Musica Viva Second Prize award at the Australian National Academy of Music Chamber Competition performing Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor.
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).
As a soloist Josef is a past winner of Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition ‘Virtuosity’, as well as appearing as a finalist in the Preston Youth Concerto Competition and the Melbourne Bach Competition.
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.