Ethan Hahn began playing the cello at the age of 9 when he first listened to J.S. Bach’s ‘Prelude’. Also inspired by his friend’s concert, he went on and kept playing the cello. Especially fascinated by the deep and graceful sounds the cello gives, Ethan constantly practiced to be good at the cello, which fortunately led him to several remarkable moments in his cello music journey. Ethan started playing his cello music officially in orchestras. In his year of trying out for Preparatory Strings, he made Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra (PVYO) Prep Orchestra at age 10. He played very well there and got Vice Principal for the cello section. However, since he was eager to excel, he practiced every day to finally get into Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO) , which is the best one in town. Ethan was so happy to enter MCYO Chamber Strings, enjoyed and tried harder for MCYO with many music friends. This was a big achievement to him, but his practice did not slow down. Around the middle of the Chamber Strings year at age 11, he became the Vice Principal in the cello section. He felt so great to perform in the Strathmore with his orchestra. However, since the pandemic, he could not play the music in public. Nevertheless, he has kept practicing and taking lessons for improving his cello playing skills, and finally, he made into MCYO Young Artists, which is a higher-level orchestra for middle schoolers that is very competitive to join. Ethan also went into the Advanced Group in his school orchestra at Cabin John Middle School. He played with other school musicians in the South All County Orchestra from Montgomery County Public Schools in his 6th grade, which turned out to be a wonderful experience for him. He was also selected for the Midwest Music Festival preparation program from his school, but unfortunately, his school orchestra could not participate in the festival last year due to the pandemic. This year, he hopes his school orchestra will be able to make it. Even if there have been obstacles with the pandemic situation, Ethan did not stop his pursuit for improving his cello playing skills. Last summer, he also tried out for a competition, Montgomery County Music Teachers Association (MCMTA) with an ensemble and his ensemble group won first place, receiving the certificate, judge’s feedback, and trophy. Thus, Ethan will not stop challenging and improving his cello play. That is why he is participating in this competition, which will no doubt enrich his music journey.
You can find Ethan’s performance here.