Hilary Hahn

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Three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is renowned for her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative programming. Her ever-evolving approach to music-making and her commitment to sharing her musical experiences with a broad global community have made her a fan favorite.

In the 2015-16 season, Hahn renews her focus on the music from her latest album, Mozart 5, Vieuxtemps 4 - Violin Concertos, performing those pieces in collaborations in the United States and in Europe. Both concertos are particularly significant for her, having played an active part in her repertoire for 25 years. Hahn will showcase Mozart’s 5th in Vienna with the Camerata Salzburg and Vieuxtemps’s 4th with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles and Vienna philharmonics, and the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hannover.

Other season highlights include Hahn’s season-long artist residency at the Vienna Konzerthaus; a tour of France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with the Vienna Symphony, and a return to Carnegie Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra. In the spring, on her recital tour, she will give the world premieres of three solo partitas written for her by the revered Spanish composer Antón García Abril, on programs including works by Tina Davidson, Bach, Mozart, and Copland.

Hilary Hahn took her first violin lessons in the Suzuki program in her hometown of Baltimore at the age of three. At ten, she was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She completed her university requirements at sixteen, having already made her solo debuts with the Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Utah symphony orchestras; the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, and the New York Philharmonic, among others. Hahn continued her studies for three more years, delving into languages, literature, and writing, and received her Bachelor’s Degree at nineteen. She spent four summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and another four in the total-immersion German, French, and Japanese programs at Middlebury College. She holds honorary doctorates from Ball State and Middlebury College.

Hahn has released sixteen albums on the Deutsche Grammophon and Sony labels, in addition to three DVDs, an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack, an award-winning recording for children, and various compilations. Spanning an extremely wide range of repertoire, including Bach, Stravinsky, Elgar, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Mozart, Schoenberg, Paganini, Spohr, Barber, Bernstein, Ives, Higdon, and Tchaikovsky, her recordings have received every critical prize in the international press and have met with equal popular success. All have debuted in the top ten of the Billboard classical chart. Hahn’s distinct stylistic choices honor the traditional violin literature while delving into the unexpected. Her first Grammy came in 2003 for her Brahms and Stravinsky concerto album. A pairing of the Schoenberg and Sibelius concerti spent 23 weeks on the charts and earned Hahn her second Grammy. In 2010, she premiered her recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto along with the Tchaikovsky concerto. Higdon’s composition, written for Hahn, went on to win the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2012, Hahn launched Silfra with experimental prepared-pianist Hauschka. The work was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson and was entirely improvised by Hahn and Hauschka following an intensive period of development. In 2013, she released In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, the recorded culmination of a multi-year commissioning project to renew the encore genre. That album won a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance.

Hahn is an avid writer, having posted journal entries for nearly two decades on her website, and published articles in mainstream media, such as Slate. On her YouTube channel, she interviews colleagues about their experiences in music. Her violin case comments on life as a traveling companion, on Twitter and Instagram at @violincase. In 2001, Hahn was named “America’s Best Classical Musician” by Time magazine, and in 2010, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Hahn was featured in the Oscar-nominated soundtrack to The Village and has participated in a number of non-classical productions, collaborating on two records by the alt-rock band ….And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, on the album Grand Forks by Tom Brosseau, and on tour with folk-rock singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.

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