FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Han Lash as associate professor of music in composition, effective Aug. 1.
Lash is currently lecturer in harp and composition at the Mannes School of Music. They were previously on the faculty of the Yale School of Music and have also taught at Harvard and Alfred universities.
“Han Lash is a composer of astonishing breadth and imagination,” said Jeremy Allen, David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean (Interim). “Their approach to teaching and musicianship is inspiring, and I couldn’t be more grateful that Dr. Lash will be calling the Jacobs School ‘home.’”
Hailed by The New York Times as “striking and resourceful … handsomely brooding,” Lash’s music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall and Lincoln Center, among other prestigious venues.
Lash has received numerous honors, including the Morton Gould Young Composer Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the Fromm Foundation Commission and the Charles Ives Scholarship (2011) and Fellowship (2016) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Tenor Paul Appleby and pianist Natalia Katyukova premiered “Songs of Imagined Love,” Lash’s song cycle commissioned by Carnegie Hall, in 2018, and in 2019, Lash’s chamber opera “Desire” premiered at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre to great acclaim.
Lash’s double-harp concerto, “The Peril of Dreams,” was premiered by the Seattle Symphony in November 2021, with the composer as one of the featured soloists.
“The Composition Department is delighted to welcome composer Han Lash to our faculty,” said David Dzubay, chair of the department. “Bringing a wealth of experience from their varied career as a dancer, harpist, composer, teacher and scholar, professor Lash will invigorate and expand our outlook and activities while being a valued mentor to our students.”