Mena Mark Hanna is dean of the Barenboim-Said Akademie. He received his Ph.D. from Oxford University’s Merton College, where he studied musicology and music composition. Prior to coming to the Barenboim-Said Akademie, Hanna was assistant artistic director and dramaturg at Houston Grand Opera, and visiting scholar and lecturer in musicology at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
Hanna also teaches musicology at the Akademie. His research and teaching interests include Middle Eastern chant, music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and composition and electronic music. His Ph.D. thesis, Towards a Structural Theory of Coptic Chant, is a forthcoming publication by The Gingko Library, distributed by University of Chicago Press.
He is a recipient of the Marshall Scholarship, the James Ingham Halstead Travelling Scholarship, and the BMI Young Composer Award. His compositions have been premiered at the Fondation Royaumont, the Darmstadt New Music Festival, and ISCM World Music Days, and performed by Ensemble Linea, Les Cris de Paris, the Cygnus Ensemble, and the Momenta Quartet, and others.