Hannah Lam, 18, began her musical journey at the age of four on a 1/16 violin in a Suzuki beginner’s class and transitioned to the viola in the sixth grade. She performed with the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra for two years before joining the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2019. Hannah has been the Principal Violist at SFSYO since 2021, and she has also received chamber training from the Crowden School of Music, Idyllwild Arts, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Castleman Quartet Program. Hannah studies with Ms. Pei-Ling Lin of the Telegraph Quartet. Hannah was awarded second place at the United States International Music Competition (USIMC) in 2020 and took third place at the Norcal Viola Society’s Young Violists Competition in 2021. Additionally, she was named the winner of the second prize and recipient of the Western Region Award for the NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs) Wendell Irish Viola Award. Hannah has been playing the harp for seven years in addition to the viola. She hopes to entertain, inspire, and heal with her music. She will be studying viola performance with Professor James Dunham at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in the fall. Other than music, Hannah enjoys traveling, baking, and reading.