Hannah Barton

violin, viola, viper

Violinist Hannah Barton moves easily between the worlds of classical, rock, and contemporary music.  A native Chicagoan, Ms. Barton is an active performer on violin, viola, and electric “viper” violin.


Ms. Barton has been a member of dozens of small chamber ensembles, beginning when she was four years old.  She has worked closely with fifteen composers, both performing and recording new works.  Her interest in rock music led to the formation of Method to the Madness, an electric string quartet dedicated to performing rock 'n roll.  Her previous quartet, Tesseract, explored electric classical music, playing George Crumb's Black Angels.  Ms. Barton's latest chamber venture, the Open Source Quartet, performed the entire Abby Road album on electric instruments in 2016.


An active member of the Classical Revolution movement, Ms. Barton performs regularly with the Strings of Doom, bringing high quality classical music into non-traditional venues and atmospheres.  She recently played the J. C. Bach viola concerto with the group on the Rock and Bach show.  An arranger as well as performer, Ms. Barton will have a set of her sextets premiered in December.


The proud owner of a seven string electric “flying v” “viper” violin, Ms. Barton enjoys playing many styles of music, including rock, country, and jazz.  Ms. Barton will be bringing her viper to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s rock show for the fourth time January, playing Vivaldi and Guns ‘n Roses.  She has been a guest performer with numerous bands, including Earthen Grave and the Trick Shooter Social Club.  She has studied with legendary electric violinists Mark Wood, Joe Deninzon, and Tracy Silverman.


A veteran of symphony orchestras, Ms. Barton has been performing symphonic repertoire for twenty-four years.  Her many orchestras include the Quad City Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, and Northbrook Symphony.  An alumna of the Chicago Youth Symphony, Ms. Barton recently performed as concertmaster at their 65th anniversary concert.  During her time in Denver, she was assistant concertmaster of both Cheyenne and Fort Collins Symphonies.  She also served as concertmaster, as well as personnel manager and librarian, of the Chamber Orchestra of Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore. Conductors she has worked with include Marin Alsop, Leon Fleisher, Alan Heatherington, and Gustav Meier.


A teacher as well as performer, Ms. Barton maintains a full private studio of violin and viola students.  She is a regular sectional coach for the Chicago Youth Symphonies.


Ms. Barton made her solo debut at age six, playing Vivaldi’s a minor concerto with the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra.  Since then, she has appeared as soloist on numerous occasions, including performances of Ravel’s Tzigane, Tchaikovsky’s D major concerto, and multiple concertos by Mozart.  With her sister Sarah Alexander, she has performed Brahms’ “double” and Beethoven’s “triple” concertos. 


Ms. Barton began studying violin at age two with her sister Rachel Barton Pine.  She earned a Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and a Masters Degree from the Lamont School of Music.  Her teachers include Pamela Frank, Desiree Ruhstrat, Yumi Hwang-Williams, and David Taylor