Three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn melds expressive musicality and technical expertise with a diverse repertoire guided by artistic curiosity. Her barrier-breaking attitude towards classical music and her commitment to sharing her experiences with a global community have made her a fan favorite. Hahn is a prolific recording artist and commissioner of new works, and her 22 feature recordings have received every critical prize in the international press. She is Co-Founder and VP of Artistic Partnerships of the AI-music initiative Deepmusic.AI.
Hahn is currently in the midst of her second year as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence, and is Artist-in-Residence at London’s Wigmore Hall. This season, Hahn performs Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestre National de Belgique and the Seattle Symphony, and on tour with Mikko Franck and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Hahn joins the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich in performances of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, which she also brings to the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra—both in Helsinki and on tour in Germany—as well as the Vancouver and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras.Read more
Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, which Hahn recently recorded for her 2022 album, Eclipse, forms the center of programs with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra; she also performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Chicago and Tucson Symphony Orchestras, and the Baton Rouge Symphony. In the Spring, Hahn brings Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 to the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. She then joins the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, which she performs alongside Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Deux Sérénades, appearing in its US premiere.
Hahn cemented her status as a world-class violinist when she made her recording debut in 1997 with Hilary Hahn Plays Bach, featuring Bach’s Partitas Nos. 2 and 3 and Sonata No. 3. She completed Bach’s solo violin repertoire in 2018 with the follow-up recording Hilary Hahn Plays Bach: Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2, Partita No. 1. This season, she performs Bach in solo recitals in London, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. She also performs recitals of works by Lera Auerbach and Sergei Prokofiev in London and Berlin.
A strong advocate for new music, Hahn has championed works by a diverse array of contemporary composers, and has personally commissioned more than 35 composers to write works in a wide range of formats. Her 2021 recording Paris features the world premiere recording of Rautavaara’s Deux Sérénades, a piece written for Hahn and completed posthumously by Kalevi Aho, which Hahn premiered in 2019. Other recent commissions include Michael Abels’s Isolation Variation—Hahn’s recording of which has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category—Anishinaabeg composer Barbara Assiginaak’s Sphynx Moth, Lera Auerbach’s Sonata No. 4: Fractured Dreams, and 6 Partitas by Antón García Abril. García Abril, Auerbach, and Rautavaara had been contributing composers for In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, Hahn’s Grammy Award-winning multi-year commissioning project to revitalize the duo encore genre. In addition to the 26 composers directly commissioned for the project, Hahn held an open contest which drew nearly 600 contributions from composers around the world.
Hahn has related to her fans naturally from the very beginning of her career. She has committed to signings after nearly every concert and maintains and shares a collection of the fan-art she has received over the course of 20 years. Hahn is an avid, long-time blogger. Her “Postcards from the Road” feature, a series of personal updates from her travels around the world, evolved from an initial year-long postcard project that she began with a classroom of third-graders. Her “Bring Your Own Baby” concerts, developed over recent residencies in Vienna, Seattle, Lyon, and Philadelphia, create opportunities for parents of infants to share their enjoyment of live classical music with their children in a nurturing, welcoming environment.
Hahn’s commitment to her fans extends to a long history of educational initiatives. 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. The recordings also appear on the teaching platform SmartMusic. In 2019, she released a book of sheet music for her encores project, In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, which includes her own fingerings and bowings and performance notes for each commissioned work. That same year, she created a mini-video-masterclass series around 6 Partitas, and donated her $25,000 Glashütte Originals Festspielpreis to Project 440, a Philadelphia music-education nonprofit program that helps young people build essential life skills. Her Instagram-based practice initiative, #100daysofpractice, has helped to demystify the typically grueling and isolating practice process, transforming it into a community-oriented, social celebration of artistic development. Since Hahn created the hashtag in 2017, fellow performers and students have contributed nearly 800,000 posts.
Hahn is a prolific and celebrated recording artist whose 22 feature albums on Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, and Sony have all opened in the top ten of the Billboard charts. In addition, she can be found on three DVDs, an award-winning recording for children, and various compilations. Her most recent recording, 2022’s Eclipse, celebrates Hahn’s return to the stage and studio after two seasons away with three pieces by Dvořák, Ginastera, and Sarasate. Three of Hahn’s albums—her 2003 Brahms and Stravinsky concerto disc, a 2008 pairing of the Schoenberg and Sibelius concerti, and her 2013 recording of In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores—have been awarded Grammys. Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto, which was written for Hahn and which she recorded along with the Tchaikovsky concerto, went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. In 2017, she released a fan-oriented retrospective collection that featured new live material and showcased art from her fans. Hahn is the subject of two documentaries: Hilary Hahn – A Portrait, released in 2006, and Hilary Hahn – Evolution of an Artist, which chronicles the past sixteen years of her career.
Hahn has also participated in a number of non-classical productions. She was featured in the Oscar-nominated soundtrack to The Village and has collaborated 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. In 2012, Hahn launched Silfra, a free-improv project with experimental prepared-pianist Hauschka, following an intensive period of development.
Hahn is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. Most recently, she received the 2021 Herbert von Karajan award, delivered the keynote speech of the Second Annual Women in Classical Music Symposium, and was named Musical America’s Artist of the Year for 2023.
Hahn was the 2022 Chubb Fellow at Yale University’s Timothy Dwight College; she also holds honorary doctorates from Middlebury College—where she spent four summers in the total-immersion German, French, and Japanese language programs—and Ball State University, where there are three scholarships in her name.
Hilary Hahn announces new recording of Eugéne Ysaÿe’s Six Sonatas for solo violin, to be released July 14 on Deutsche Grammophon
Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has announced her latest album with Deutsche Grammophon: a recording of Eugène Ysaÿe’s Six Sonatas for Violin Solo, op. 27, to be released July 14 on CD, a 2-LP gatefold vinyl edition, and in digital formats...
Congratulations to our 2023 Royal Academy of Music Honourees!
The Royal Academy of Music (London) has announced its 2023 Honours, which celebrate leading artists who continue to shape the musical landscape. Conductor Jakub Hrůša and violinist Hilary Hahn are awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music, and...
Hilary Hahn Named The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence at New York Philharmonic
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....
“I cannot think of a single performer who begins to compare with Hilary Hahn. This is quite simply magnificent violin-playing”
“Hilary Hahn was and is the epitome of violinist perfection.”
“Hahn conjured into being a cathedral of sound: spacious and full of dazzling beauty.”
Simon Chin, Washington Post October 2018
“Nothing [Hahn] does is for show. Technique, feelings, heart and mind are intuitively fused, as Bach always demands”
Geoff Brown, The Times October 2018
“Hahn went well beyond her customary excellent intonation and exceptional technique to present something brimming with emotion and enthusiasm, excitement and interpretive imagination.”
Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press February 18th 2016
“[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.”
“because there is a category that stands above all others: the sheer musicality and musical passion of this violinist.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Her playing was at once impetuous and authoritative, brilliant and beautiful.”
“Hahn proved once again […] that she is one of the great Schoenberg interpreters of our time”
“Hilary Hahn is and remains a phenomenon.”
“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.”
“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.”
“At 33, [Hahn] sits atop the pantheon of stellar violinists.”
“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.”
“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.”