Grammy award-winning soprano HILA PLITMANN is a glittering jewel on the international music scene, known worldwide for her astonishing musicianship, light and beautiful voice, and the ability to perform challenging new works. She regularly premieres works by leading composers while maintaining a vibrant and extraordinarily diverse professional life in film music, musical theatre, and song writing.
In recent years Hila has worked with many leading conductors, including Leonard Slatkin, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, Esa Pekka Salonen, Andrew Litton, and Steven Sloane. She has appeared as a headliner with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, and the London Sinfonietta, among many others.
Past seasons highlights include appearances and performances with the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Thomas Adès’ The Tempest Suite with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adès, the world premiere of Gerard Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic alsoconducted Adès, David Del Tredici’s Final Alice with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra, all conducted by Slatkin. Other collaborations include performances of Salonen's Sappho Songs with the Stockholm Symphony Orchestra with Salonen conducting, Bernstein and Golijov with the Seattle Symphony conducted by Joana Carneiro, a selection of Barbara Streisand songs with the Hamburg Symphony, and the New York premiere of Eric Whitacre’s Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings at Carnegie Hall.
Recent and future engagements include performances of George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hills with the London Sinfonietta as part of the Festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije and also with the Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Ades’ The Tempest Suite with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, performances of Richard Danielpour’s Darkness in the Ancient Valley with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere of the wind ensemble version of Michael Daugherty’s Labyrinth of Love with the Univeristy of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble conducted by Gary D. Green, the UK premiere Paolo Prestini’s Oceanic Verses with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Singers at the Barbican Centre, David Del Tredici’s Dum Dee Tweedle with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere of Frank Zappa’s orchestral version of 200 Motels with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Eric Whitacre’s Fly to Paradise, sung at Buckingham Palace as part of the Coronation Festival celebrations.
In constant demand as a singer of new and contemporary music, Hila has appeared as a soloist inseveral world premieres including Pulitzer Prize winner David Del Tredici’s Paul Revere’s Ride with the Atlanta Symphony, Wing on Wing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted and composed by Esa Pekka Salonen, Mr. Tambourine Man by Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner John Corigliano with the Minnesota Orchestra, and Two Awakenings and a Double Lullaby, a song cycle written for Hila by Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis.
Hila previously premiered the role of Exstasis in Eric Whitacre’s ground-breaking electro-musical Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings in LA. Hila sang, acted, danced and fought in long martial arts battles nightly for a seven week sold-out run, a tour-de-force performance that prompted Backstage West to call her “brilliant, eliciting strong empathy and singing gorgeously”, and Theatre Mania declared she “fights like a warrior and sings like the angel she portrays.” For her work in the show Hila received nominations for Best Actress in a Musical from the Los Angeles Ovation Awards and The LA Ticketholder Awards. The show is due to open on London’s West End.
Hila has accumulated an impressive catalogue of professional recordings, appearing on Decca, Telarc, Naxos, CRI, Signum, Reference Recordings and Disney labels. The Da Vinci Code soundtrack (Decca) was a worldwide bestseller, spending several weeks in the Billboard Charts. Both Paul Revere’s Ride (Telarc), and The Da Vinci Code received Grammy nominations, and in 2009 Hila won a Grammy for ‘Best Classical Vocal Performance’ for her work on the Naxos recording of John Corigliano’s song cycle Mr. Tambourine Man with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Hila can also be heard on the soundtrack of the film New York, I Love You and Pirates of the Caribbean III.
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Hila received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with high honours from the Julliard School of Music, and has been awarded the coveted Sony ES Prize for her outstanding contribution to vocal arts. Hila currently lives in London with her husband, composer Eric Whitacre, and their son. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do..