LE​​David Barry Hanner
Pianist and Composer



Curriculum Vitae
David Hanner
356 Nassau Ave
Buffalo,NY – 14217
Tel.: (716) 408-2388
Email: dbhanner@buffalo.edu

David Hanner, American, born in Karlsruhe, Germany in July 1963


2004 – 2009, University at Buffalo, PhD, composition, David Felder, supervisor.

1996 – 1999, University of Music and Dramatic Arts, Graz/Austria, composition with Beat Furrer, Master of Arts

1989 – 1992: Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz/Austria, composition with Beat Furrer, Younghi Pagh-Paan,    Andrzej Dobrowolski.

1983 – 1989: Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz/Austria, piano performance with Doris Wolf and Sebastian  Benda, masterclass in chamber music with the Schubert Quartett, - masterclass in Limassol, Cyprus, with Rudolph Kehrer  (Moscow)

1975 – 1979: Meistersinger Conservatory Nuremberg/Germany, piano performance with Professor Erich Appel.

1969 First piano lessons

Employment and teaching experience:

2010 (Febr./Mar):
  • Guest lecturer at UB, graduate composer seminar
  • Adjunct Faculty at the Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY

2004 – 2008: University at Buffalo (UB),
  •  Teaching Assistant - musical coach and accompanist, Music Theory for non-majors

2005 – present 
  • Substitue Organist, Pianist,  and Music Director at various Churches in the greater Buffalo area

  •  Pianist, coach and arranger for the St. Francis High School in Honolulu, HI.

2002 – 2004:
  • Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Famagusta/Cyprus, Senior Instructor and Choir director

1999 – 2000:
  • University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz/Austria, lecturer in music theory

1992 – 1996:
  • United Theatres of Graz/Austria, Assistant Choir Director, musical coach / accompanist for singers and the ballet

1991 – 1992:
  • Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz/Austria, musical coach

Some of the works I have performed and/or assisted with include:

As a soloist:
 Debussy, Brahms, Chopin, Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Bartok, Schumann, Skriabin, Ravel, Schubert, Liszt, C. Franck
 Gershwin, Mozart, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Bernstein... Bach, Prokoffiev, Bartok...
chamber music:
 Mozart, Schumann, Grieg
 Mozart, Janacek, Busoni, Wagner, Rossini, Haubenstock-Ramati, B. Furrer, Puccini, Bellini, L. Bernstein

List of Works:
(not included: the music David Hanner has composed for the genres of Acting Theater and the Cabaret)

 for Soprano and Chamber Orchestra, premiered 2012, Tony Arnold, soprano, Slee Sinfonietta, Daniel Bassin, cond. 

…habet vocis,
 for mixed choir, premiered 2007, June in Buffalo, New York Virtuoso Singers/ Harold Rosenbaum

 for piano solo, premiered 2006, JIB, James Avery, piano

Names and Games,
 for junior choir, organ, tbn, tpt, pno, and perc.
 Commissioned by the St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, premiered there in April 2005

 for two pianos, premiered in March 2005, Slee Hall, Buffalo

Merlin’s Open V,  for organ and ensemble in four groups, premiered in March 2005, Slee Hall, Buffalo

Merlin’s Open III,for organ, mezzo sopran, tbn, and 5 perc.

Merlin’s Open II, (2004) for organ solo, premiered in April 2007, Slee Hall, Buffalo

Anacrusis, (2004) for brass quintet

listening room, (2002) for ensemble, commissioned by “tage
zeitgemaesser musik, bludenz”, premiered by ensemble adventure – no conductor-in 2002 in Bludenz/Austria

..one light; green all, (2002) for mixed quartet (recorders, pno, vlc, perc.), premiered in 2002 at the Kulturwochen St. Lambrecht/Austria.

EOS, (2001) for large ensemble with mezzo soprano, commissioned by
the Musikprotokoll/Styrian Autumn, premiered by the Klangforum Wien/ Emilio Pomarico, conductor

ANVOAR, (2000/01) for large ensemble, commissioned by the ensemble
Klangforum Wien to be premiered at the new music festival “Hoergaenge” in the Konzerthaus Wien in March 2001, Matthias Pintscher, cond.

Disc, (1999) for brass ensemble and 2 perc., commissioned by the Land of Styria, premiere in Knittelfeld/Austria in 1999.

Triok, (1998) for cl,vla,vlc, commissioned by the Land of Styria, premiered in 1998, Graz/Austria

Duo, (1997) for piano and bssn, premiered 1997 in Graz/Austria

Merlin’s Open I, (1996), ensemble, premiered by Szene Instrumental in Opatjia/Croatia, Edo Micic, cond.

Trio I, (1993) for cl, pno,vln, commissioned by ContrasTrio, premiered in Graz (1993)

Epilogue and Variations, (1991/92) for piano solo, premiered 1992 in Klagenfurt/Austria. Janna Polyzoides, piano

Ostinato, (1989/90) for ensemble and dancer, premiered 1990 in Graz/Austria

Younamit, (1989) for two mixed choirs, premiered 1989 in Graz/Austria, Franz Herzog, conductor

Publications and Recordings:

  • Publication of PhD dissertation monologue, for Soprano and Chamber Orchestra

Since June 2007:
  •  My ensemble piece listening room (Ensemble Sur Plus/ James Avery) featured in the internet radio station http://artofthestates.org

March 2007:
  • Publication of the essay “The Material Experience of Abstraction: Morton Feldman and the Experience of Silence,”  in “Music, Metamorphosis And Capitalism: Self, Poetics and Politics”, edited by John Wall, Cambridge Scholars Publishing,  Newcastle, UK.

Since 1990:
  •  Numerous documentation as composer and pianist. Radio Bremen (Germany), ORF (Austria), and UB.


  •  College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2004 – 2009: Dean’s Fellowship, TA with full tuition scholarship at  UB.

  •  Fellowship from the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music.

  • 12 month scholarship from the State of Austria for  student composers.

  •  First Prize in the competition of composition of student composers in Austria.

  •  Music Award from the City of Graz for Ostinato.

Courses taught:

  •  Music Appreciation at the Trocaire College in Buffalo, NY

  •  Summer course MUS 113, music and society as Adjunct faculty at UB

2004 – 2008:
  •  TA at the University of Buffalo: coached and accompanied music students
  • MUS 116, music theory for non majors
  • MUS 400, undergraduate composition seminar
        in which we analyzed sections of scores by Bartok, Webern, Ligeti, Feldman, with the goal to enhance the awareness of the           link between imagination and notation, and to encourage flexibility in the compositional process.

2002 – 2004: Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus, Senior Instructor:
  • Choir Director
  • Composition, counterpoint (Jeppesen)
  • Music theory first and second year
  • Basic orchestration

1999 – 2000: University of Music and Dramatic Arts, Graz/Austria, lecturer.
  •  music theory/harmony

1991 – 1992: University of Music and Dramatic Arts, Graz,
  •  musical coach.



Dr. David Felder, University at Buffalo –

Dr. Jeffrey Stadelman University at Buffalo –

Prof. Beat Furrer, Kunstuniversitaet Graz/ Austria –

and the pianists:

Peter Serkin –

Markus Schirmer -

Lori Abbott -

Janna Polyzoides -


Dr.James Currie

Dr.Peter Revers

Dr. Charles Smith