Hilary Hahn © Chris Lee

Hilary Hahn

Violin

Biography – about the artist.

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 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 23 feature recordings have received every critical prize in the international press. She is currently in the midst of her third year as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence, and is Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, Visiting Artist at The Juilliard School, and Curating Artist of the Dortmund Festival.

Hahn is a frequent commissioner and performer of works by living composers, and her 2023–24 repertoire includes several new and recent works by Barbara Assiginaak, Steven Banks, Jennifer Higdon, Jessie Montgomery, and Carlos Simon, among others. Hahn performs these alongside compositions by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Brahms, Prokofiev, Korngold, Ginastera, Sarasate, Barber, and Copland in concerts with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Colombian Youth Orchestra, the Israel, Los Angeles, and New York Philharmonics, and the Chicago, National, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras.


In addition to her orchestral appearances, Hahn will give several solo recitals and small-ensemble performances this season. Beginning in September with a recital in Athens, GA, Hahn will perform three solo Bach recitals; other dates include an October performance in Kansas City, where she opens the 2023– 24 Harriman Jewell Series, and a March recital in New York as part of her residency with the New York Philharmonic. As Curating Artist of the Dortmund Festival, Hahn will perform a duo recital with organist Iveta Apkalna, join cellist Seth Parker Woods in a recital program as well as a performance of contemporary American repertoire with London’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, lead one of her signature "Bring Your Own Baby" concerts, and host a master class for violinists of all levels.

A strong advocate for new music, Hahn has championed works by a diverse array of contemporary composers, and has personally commissioned more than 40 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 which she premiered in 2019. Other recent commissions include Michael Abels’s "Isolation Variation", Hahn’s recording of which was nominated for a Grammy; 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.

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. Her “Bring Your Own Baby” concerts 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 outreach. Her social media-based practice initiative, #100daysofpractice, has transformed practice into a community-building celebration of artistic development; since Hahn created the hashtag in 2017, fellow performers and students have contributed nearly one million posts. A former Suzuki student, she released new recordings of the first three books of the Suzuki Violin School in 2020. In 2019, she released a book of sheet music for "In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores", which includes her own fingerings and bowings and performance notes for each work.

Hahn is a prolific and celebrated recording artist whose feature albums on Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, and Sony have all opened in the top ten of the Billboard charts. Her most recent album celebrates her artistic lineage with a recording of Ysaÿe’s six sonatas for solo violin. Three of Hahn’s albums—her 2003 Brahms and Stravinsky concerto disc, a 2008 pairing of Schoenberg and Sibeliu concerti, and her 2013 recording of In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores—have been awarded Grammys. Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto, which was composed for Hahn and which she recorded in 2008, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Hahn is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. In recent seasons, she was named Musical America’s Artist of the Year for 2023, delivered the keynote speech of the Second Annual Women in Classical Music Symposium, received the 2021 Herbert von Karajan award, and was awarded the eleventh Annual Glasshütte Original Music Festival Award, which she donated to the Philadelphia-based music education nonprofit Project 440. 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.

SEASON 2023/2024

The next dates:

04.06.2024

Paramount Theater (VA)

VA

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General Management:

Naomi Ives

naomi.ives@kdschmid.co.uk

Artist Coordination:

Fiona Phillips

+44 77 4280 1004

fiona.phillips@kdschmid.co.uk

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Discography.

Nicolò Paganini

24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 24 in A Minor

07.2023, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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Eugène Ysaÿe

6 Sonatas for Violin Solo, Op. 27

07.2023, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Eclipse

Hilary Hahn, Antonín Dvořák, The Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Alberto Ginastera, Andrés Orozco-Estrada

10.2022, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Michael Abels

Isolation Variation - Single

04.2022, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Paris

Hilary Hahn, Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France, Mikko Franck

03.2021, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Concert from Tokyo (Live at Suntory Hall / Visual Album)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons

10.2020, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

> iTunes

Retrospective

01.2018, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Mozart & Vieuxtemps: Violin Concertos

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen Paavo Järvi

03.2015, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

In 27 Pieces

The Hilary Hahn Encores

03.2014, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Silfra

Hilary Hahn & Hauschka

05.2012, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Charles Ives

Four Sonatas

01.2012, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

> Amazon

Higdon & Tchaikovsky

Violin Concertos

01.2011, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Sebastian Bach: Violin and Voice

Hilary Hahn, Matthias Goerne, Christine Schafer

01.2010, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Schoenberg Sibelius

Violin Concertos

03.2008, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Birthday Concert for Pope Benedict XVI

Live from the Vatican / SWR

05.2007, Deutsche Grammophon, DVD

> Amazon

A Portrait

03.2007, Deutsche Grammophon, DVD

> Amazon

Hilary Hahn plays Bach

09.1997, Sony, CD

News.

Season 2024/2025: 6 KD SCHMID Artists with the Berliner Philharmoniker

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Steven Banks, Jonathan Biss, Jessica Cottis and Hilary Hahn join KD SCHMID for worldwide management

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Press.

„If Brahms had had the privilege and pleasure to be present at this significant and unforgettable recital, he would surely have declared Hahn to be one the greatest, if not the greatest violinists around.“

Seen and Heard International, Christopher Sallon, 16.03.2023

„Hahn beguiled us with the fleetest agility, solid intonation and silvery strength, playing cat and mouse with a piano part never content to lie back and simply accompany.“

Geoff Brown, The Times, 13.01.2022

„Nothing [Hahn] does is for show. Technique, feelings, heart and mind are intuitively fused, as Bach always demands.“

Geoff Brown, The Times, 19.01.2018

„Hahn conjured into being a cathedral of sound: spacious and full of dazzling beauty.“

Simon Chin, Washington Post, 18.01.2018