Hannah Willemse

Hannah Willemse

Hannah Willemse, age 21, is currently in her Honours year of a Bachelor of Music degree at Waikato University studying under Katherine Austin. Homeschooled throughout her school years, Hannah began learning piano when she was seven and had a series of tutors before coming to university. In 2007 she achieved her Associate Diploma in Solo Piano Performance (ATCL) with distinction, enrolling the following year in the BMus at Waikato. In 2008 she received the Lili Kraus Scholarship for outstanding commitment and artistic progress in piano studies and in 2009 she won the Hillary Chamber Music Competition with cellist Edward King. That same year Hannah received a joint performance prize at the Lilburn Trust Composition Awards, became a Bonded Merit Scholar, and joined the Golden Key International Honor Society for academic excellence.

In 2010 Hannah received a Norah Howell Music Award for academic excellence, the John Mansfield Thomson Prize in Music History for the best music history essay, a Wallace Corporation University of Waikato Blues Award for outstanding performance in creative and performing arts, placed second in Te Awamutu chamber competition with cellist Tamsin Kreymborg, and was a finalist in both the University concerto and chamber competitions.

Hannah plans to complete her Honours year successfully after which she aspires to establishing a busy teaching studio by which she can pass her love for music on to another generation. As a Christian, she believes that music is for the glory of God and is eager to become more involved in playing and arranging/composing worship music.