The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has appointed Alexander Hanna as its new principal bassist. The 26-year-old is currently principal bass of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and will start his new position in Chicago next month. He succeeds Joseph Guastafeste, who retired from the Chicago Symphony in 2010 after 49 years in the orchestra.

Hanna was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, and studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Hal Robinson and Edgar Meyer. During college he substituted with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2008, shortly after graduating.