Multi-GRAMMY® winning violinist Hilary Hahn is named The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic for 2023/24. She appears in contexts that reflect the variety of her musical interests in both orchestral programmes and in recital. Hahn appears as soloist in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, conducted by Jakub Hrůša, January 11–13, and in Ginastera’s Violin Concerto and Sarasate’sCarmen Fantasy, conducted by Juanjo Mena, April 25–27.
Hahn also takes center stage in an Artist Spotlight concert, March 2, performing three of J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin — Violin Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3 and Partita No. 3. The program builds on her Artist Spotlight appearance on March 7, 2023, where she performed Bach’s Sonata No. 1 and Partitas Nos. 1 and 2.
Hilary Hahn melds expressive musicality and technical expertise with a diverse repertoire guided by artistic curiosity. She is currently artist-in-residence at both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and London’s Wigmore Hall, and is co-founder and vice president of artistic partnerships of the AI-music initiative Deepmusic.AI.
Hahn has championed and commissioned works by an array of contemporary composers. Her 2021 recording Paris features the world premiere recording of Rautavaara’s Deux Sérénades, written for Hahn and completed posthumously by Kalevi Aho. Other recent commissions include Michael Abels’s Isolation Variation, Barbara Assiginaak’s Sphinx Moth, Lera Auerbach’s Sonata No. 4: Fractured Dreams, and Antón García Abril’s 6 Partitas. García Abril, Auerbach, and Rautavaara were contributing composers to In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, Hahn’s Grammy-winning multiyear commissioning project to revitalize the duo encore genre.
Hahn has released 22 feature albums on the Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, and Sony labels that have opened in the top ten of the Billboard charts, and three have received Grammy Awards. Her most recent recording, 2022’s Eclipse, celebrates her return after two seasons away with works by Dvořák, Ginastera, and Sarasate.
Committed to connecting with her fans, Hahn’s “Bring Your Own Baby” concerts create opportunities for parents of infants to share their enjoyment of live classical music with their children. And her Instagram-based practice initiative, #100daysofpractice, helped transform practicing into a community-oriented celebration of artistic development. A former Suzuki student, she released new recordings of the first three books of the Suzuki Violin School in 2020, in partnership with the International Suzuki Association and Alfred Music.
Hilary Hahn’s numerous awards and recognitions include the 11th Annual Glasshütte Original Music Festival Award, which she donated to the Philadelphia-based music education nonprofit Project 440; the Herbert von Karajan Award and delivering the keynote speech of the Second Annual Women in Classical Music Symposium, both in 2021; and Musical America’s 2023 Artist of the Year. She was the 2022 Chubb Fellow at Yale University’s Timothy Dwight College, and holds honorary doctorates from Middlebury College and Ball State University, where there are three scholarships in her name.
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