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In the two decades since her professional debut, three-time Grammy® Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has brought her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative repertoire choices to diverse global audiences. Hilary Hahn took her first lessons in the Suzuki program shortly before her fourth birthday. From age five, she studied with Odessa native Klara Berkovich, and at ten, she was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music. There, Hahn was a pupil of Jascha Brodsky, who had trained with both the Franco-Belgian master Eugene Ysaÿe and the Russian pedagogue Efrem Zimbalist. At 12, she made her major orchestra debut; at 16, she completed her university requirements. By the age of 19, when she received her Bachelor’s Degree after having delayed graduation in order to expand her studies, she was a full-time touring musician. Hahn’s ever-evolving approach to music-making and her curiosity about the world have made her a fan favorite. Hahn began recording at the age of 16. She has released 15 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. Her recordings have received every critical prize in the international press and have

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In the two decades since her professional debut, three-time Grammy® Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has brought her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative repertoire choices to diverse global audiences.

Hilary Hahn took her first lessons in the Suzuki program shortly before her fourth birthday. From age five, she studied with Odessa native Klara Berkovich, and at ten, she was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music. There, Hahn was a pupil of Jascha Brodsky, who had trained with both the Franco-Belgian master Eugene Ysaÿe and the Russian pedagogue Efrem Zimbalist. At 12, she made her major orchestra debut; at 16, she completed her university requirements. By the age of 19, when she received her Bachelor’s Degree after having delayed graduation in order to expand her studies, she was a full-time touring musician. Hahn’s ever-evolving approach to music-making and her curiosity about the world have made her a fan favorite.

Hahn began recording at the age of 16. She has released 15 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. Her recordings have received every critical prize in the international press and have met with equal popular success. Her distinct approach to music shows a remarkable ability to honor the traditional violin literature while creating new opportunities for listeners. In 2010, she released Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto along with the Tchaikovsky concerto; Higdon’s work, written for Hilary Hahn, went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, Hahn released In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, the culmination of a multi-year project to renew the encore genre, for which she received a Grammy® Award in 2015. Her most recent album, released in spring 2015, references her musical heritage, featuring works by Mozart and Vieuxtemps and recorded with longtime colleagues Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Hahn’s gregarious personality reaches out to students, new listeners, and anyone with an interest in music and the arts. She is an avid writer, posting journal entries and articles on her website, hilaryhahn.com. Additionally, she produces a YouTube channel, youtube.com/hilaryhahnvideos, where she frequently interviews guests from around the world. Elsewhere, her violin case comments on life as a traveling companion, on Twitter and Instagram at @violincase. She has appeared on the covers of most major classical music publications and has been featured in mainstream periodicals such as Vogue, Elle, Town & Country, and Marie Claire. In 2001, Hahn was named “America’s Best Young Classical Musician” by Time magazine. In January 2010 she appeared as guest artist, playing Bartók and Brahms on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Hahn has participated in a number of non-classical musical productions, appearing in 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.

(As of May 14, 2015)

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"Hilary Hahn was and is the epitome of violinist perfection."

Egon Bezold, Nürnberger Nachrichten

"[Hahn} removes the gravity and lets the song of her violin climb to dizzying heights with perfect beauty and gives this done-to-death piece a soul, as if it is being heard for the first time."

Christiane Peitz, Der Tagesspiegel

"because there is a category that stands above all others: the sheer musicality and musical passion of this violinist."

Helmut Mauro, Süddeutsche Zeitung

"Let's simply say, she does everything right - just right. This becomes most evident whilst playing alone as with the Johann Sebastian Bach, whose Partita No.3 for violin solo was never played better in violin history even by the grand masters - indeed Hilary rather surpasses them through the naturalness of her music-making."

Michael Bastian Weiß, Abendzeitung

"The Vieuxtemps [Fourth Violin Concerto] ... is remarkable, with Hahn playing the role of melodramatic protagonist to perfection; she has a powerful presence and, in the finale, finds a truly heroic tone."

Duncan Druce, Gramophone

"Her playing was at once impetuous and authoritative, brilliant and beautiful."

Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

"Hahn proved once again […] that she is one of the great Schoenberg interpreters of our time"

Jutta Rinas, Hannoversche Allgemeine

"Hilary Hahn is and remains a phenomenon."

Felix Stephan, Berliner Morgenpost

"This diverse collection of miniatures represents the fruit of Hahn’s ambitious commissioning project... Hahn was already a well-established virtuoso. This project marks her evolution as something far more interesting: a creative force."

Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe

"Individually, the pieces represent an admirable span of ages, nationalities and styles, with veteran creators like Einojuhani Rautavaara and Valentin Silvestrov placed alongside contemporary concert-world stars — Jennifer Higdon, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Nico Muhly — and emerging artists. What impresse[s] most… [is] how well the package coheres — a matter of Ms. Hahn’s smart pacing — and how deftly Ms. Hahn negotiated constant shifts among disparate techniques and moods."

Steve Smith, New York Times

"At 33, [Hahn] sits atop the pantheon of stellar violinists."

Tom Aldridge, NUVO

"Throughout, Hahn was an unflappably confident advocate. The core of her technique is precision and refinement — elegant sound; frictionless, clean bowing and intonation; polished, rounded-off phrasing."

Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe

"She deserved the ovation. Her performance began inauspiciously, with an authority that felt cool, even chilly. But as Bach’s lines wove together, her playing gradually deepened into something intense, adventurous and affecting. It was a microcosm of Ms. Hahn’s career. Born in 1979, she started out as a prodigy of rare clarity and virtuosity and has developed into a daring, mature artist eager for new collaborations and repertory."

Zachary Woolfe, New York Times

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