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In the more than two decades since her professional debut, three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has brought her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative repertoire to diverse global audiences. Her ever-evolving approach to music-making and her curiosity about the world have made her a fan favorite. In the 2015-2016 season, Hahn shares the music from her latest album, Mozart 5, Vieuxtemps 4 - Violin Concertos, with concertgoers all over the world. She learned both pieces as a young student—the Vieuxtemps from Klara Berkovich and the Mozart from Jascha Brodsky. Hahn will bring Mozart's 5th to Vienna with the Camerata Salzburg and Vieuxtemps's 4th to the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, and on tour in Germany with the NDR Hannover. Other season highlights include playing the Dvořák Violin Concerto for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 100th anniversary season; touring with the Vienna Symphony in Germany, Austria, France, and Switzerland; performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and embarking on an extensive spring recital tour throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. She also continues her residency at the Vienna Konzerthaus. Hilary Hahn took her first lessons in the

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In the more than two decades since her professional debut, three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has brought her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative repertoire to diverse global audiences. Her ever-evolving approach to music-making and her curiosity about the world have made her a fan favorite.

In the 2015-2016 season, Hahn shares the music from her latest album, Mozart 5, Vieuxtemps 4 - Violin Concertos, with concertgoers all over the world. She learned both pieces as a young student—the Vieuxtemps from Klara Berkovich and the Mozart from Jascha Brodsky. Hahn will bring Mozart's 5th to Vienna with the Camerata Salzburg and Vieuxtemps's 4th to the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, and on tour in Germany with the NDR Hannover.

Other season highlights include playing the Dvořák Violin Concerto for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 100th anniversary season; touring with the Vienna Symphony in Germany, Austria, France, and Switzerland; performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and embarking on an extensive spring recital tour throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. She also continues her residency at the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Hilary Hahn took her first lessons in the Suzuki program at three. She completed her university requirements at Curtis at sixteen—having already made her solo debuts with the Baltimore and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, and the New York Philharmonic—but stayed to continue her violin studies and take additional courses in languages, literature, and writing. When she graduated at nineteen, Hahn was a full-time touring musician. She also holds honorary doctorates from Ball State University and Middlebury College.

Hahn has released sixteen albums on the Deutsche Grammophon and Sony labels, in addition to three DVD’s, 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 honors 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 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 Hahn, went on to win the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2011 Hahn recorded Charles Ives: Four Sonatas, 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 she released In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, the culmination of a multi-year project to renew the encore genre, which won a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. Hahn commissioned short-form works from 26 composers around the world. For the 27th encore, she held an open contest that drew more than 400 entries.

She is an avid writer, posting journal entries on her website, hilaryhahn.com, and publishing pieces with mainstream publications, such as Slate. On her YouTube channel, youtube.com/hilaryhahnvideos, she interviews guests from around the world; her violin case comments on life as a traveling companion, on Twitter and Instagram at @violincase. 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, 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.

(As of July 24, 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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