Tara Hanish

B.M. Cello Performance, University of Michigan; M.M. Cello Performance, University of Miami; Professional Studies Diploma in Cello Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music. Studied with Richard Aaron, Ross Harbaugh, Anthony Elliott and Louis Potter, and received Suzuki training certification from Tanya Carey and Barbara Wampner.

Originally from Michigan, Ms. Hanish called Cleveland, OH home for over a decade before moving to New York City.  She currently teaches on faculty at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music and is a freelance cellist in the NYC area.  Well-versed in both the classical and non-classical scene, she plays cello for the rock band Seafair and the alternative cello duo, The Whiskey Girls.  As a sought after session musician, Ms. Hanish has composed/arranged, recorded and performed with several artists, from notable musicians like The Foo Fighters, Michael Bublé, Kanye West and Josh Groban, to local bands and singer-songwriters.  She also currently owns and manages The Mayfield Strings, a wedding/event music business serving both NYC and Northeast Ohio.

Before coming to NYC, Ms. Hanish served as Assistant Principal for the Akron Symphony Orchestra, freelanced with several orchestras around the Northeast Ohio Region, and taught on faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory School as well as privately in Cleveland Heights.  She has performed solo with orchestra on the Boccherini Bb Concerto (2014) and the Brahms Double Concerto (2013), and has also performed at the Grammy Awards Show (2008) with the Foo Fighters as a My Grammy Moment winner.