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In the two decades since her professional debut, two-time Grammy Award-winning vio-linist Hilary Hahn has brought her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative reper-toire choices to diverse global audiences. Hilary Hahn took her first lessons in the Suzuki program shortly before her fourth birth-day. 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 com-pleted 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 re-cordings 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. And in 2013, Hahn released In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, the culmination of a multi-year pro-ject to renew the encore genre. Her next album, slated for Spring 2014, 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, play-ing 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. Updated September 5, 2014

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

A Baltimore native, Hahn will open the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season with Beethoven and go on to perform with the New York Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, and San Diego Symphony. She will return to Bach concerti in a series with the Cleveland Orchestra and will perform other favorites by Bruch and Korngold throughout the season. Hahn will tour Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Germany with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra; in China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan, she will perform Brahms with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Over an extensive spring tour, Hahn will continue her longtime collaborations with colleagues Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Leonard Slatkin and the DSO Berlin, and pianist Natalie Zhu; appear with the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; and embark on a recital tour through Asia, Europe, and the United States. The season will see the release of Hahn's next orchestral disc: Mozart's 5th and Vieuxtemps's 4th violin concertos with Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

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. Encompassing a range of repertoire including Bach, Stravinsky, Elgar, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Mozart, Schoenberg, Paganini, Spohr, Barber, Bernstein, Ives, Higdon, Tchaikovsky, and many others, 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. Her distinct approach to music shows a remarkable ability to honor the traditional violin literature while expanding listeners’ horizons. A recording pairing the Schoenberg and Sibelius concerti spent 23 weeks on the Billboard classical chart and also earned Hahn her second Grammy: the 2009 Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra. Her first Grammy win came in 2003 for her Brahms and Stravinsky concerto album. In 2010, she released Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto along with the Tchaikovsky concerto. Higdon’s piece, written for Hilary Hahn, went on to win the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2011 Hahn recorded Charles Ives: Four Sonatas, bringing her lyrical sensibilities to the chamber music of one of America's most innovative artists, while her 2012 album, Silfra, captured her collaboration with experimental prepared-piano expert Hauschka. The record was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson and was entirely improvised by the two performers after an intensive period of preparation. In 2013, Hahn and pianist Cory Smythe, who will join her in recital this season, released In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores. The recording was the culmination of a multi-year project to renew the encore genre. Hahn commissioned 26 composers from around the world to write short-form works. For the 27th encore, she held an open contest that drew more than 400 entries. The international premiere tours, from 2011 to 2013, were met with wide critical and audience acclaim.

Hilary Hahn took her first lessons in the Suzuki program shortly before her fourth birth-day. When she was five years old, she met Odessa native Klara Berkovich, with whom she studied until being admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of ten. 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. She completed her university requirements at Curtis at 16, having already made her solo debuts with the Baltimore and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, and the New York Philharmonic. Hahn delayed graduation a few years in order to continue her violin studies and  take additional courses in languages, literature, and writing. By the time she received her Bachelor’s Degree at 19, 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’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, play-ing 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.

Updated September 5, 2014

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"Hilary Hahn is and remains a phenomenon."

Berliner Morgenpost

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

Hannoversche Allgemeine

"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."

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."

New York Times

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

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."

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."

New York Times

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Discography