In the two decades since her professional debut, three-time Grammy-winning violinist HILARY HAHN has brought her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative repertoire choices to diverse global audiences.
Hilary Hahn took her first lessons in the Suzuki program shortly before her fourth birthday. From age five, she studied with Odessa native Klara Berkovich, and at ten, she was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music. There, Hahn was a pupil of Jascha Brodsky, who had trained with both the Franco-Belgian master Eugene Ysaÿe and the Russian pedagogue Efrem Zimbalist. At 12, she made her major orchestra debut; at 16, she completed her university requirements. By the age of 19, when she received her bachelor’s degree after having delayed graduation in order to expand her studies, she was a full-time touring musician. Hahn’s ever-evolving approach to music making and her curiosity about the world have made her a fan favorite.
Hahn began recording at the age of 16. She has released 15 albums on the Deutsche Grammophon and Sony labels, in addition to three DVDs, an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack, an award-winning recording for children, and various compilations. Her recordings have received every critical prize in the international press and have met with equal popular success. Her distinct approach to music shows a remarkable ability to honor the traditional violin literature while creating new opportunities for listeners. In 2010, she released Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto along with the Tchaikovsky concerto; Higdon’s work, written for Hilary Hahn, went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, Hahn released In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, the culmination of a multi-year project to renew the encore genre, for which she received a Grammy in 2015. Her most recent album, released in Spring 2015, references her musical heritage; it features works by Mozart and Vieuxtemps and was recorded with longtime colleagues Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
Hahn’s gregarious personality reaches out to students, new listeners, and anyone with an interest in music and the arts. She is an avid writer and interviewer, posting journal entries and articles on her website, hilaryhahn.com. Additionally, she produces a YouTube channel, youtube.com/hilaryhahnvideos. Elsewhere, her violin case comments on life as a traveling companion, on Twitter and Instagram at @violincase. She has appeared on the covers of most major classical music publications and has been featured in mainstream periodicals such as Vogue, Elle, Town & Country, and Marie Claire. In 2001, Hahn was named “America’s Best Young Classical Musician” byTime 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, appearing in 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.