Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Violinist: Hilary Hahn

She's on my list. One of the best violinist of this generation. At 28 years of age she had already traveled so many countries, touring for concerts and album promotions. She is Hilary Hahn.

photo credit: Kasskara courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon

Hilary Hahn is an American violinist born November 27, 1979 in Lexington, Virginia.

Hahn began playing the violin one month before her fourth birthday in the Suzuki Program of Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory. She participated in a Suzuki class for about a year. Between 1984 and 1989 Hahn studied in Baltimore under the direction of Klara Berkovich. In 1990, at the age of ten, Hahn was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she became a student of Jascha Brodsky. Hahn studied with Brodsky for seven years and learned the études of Kreutzer, Ševčík, Gaviniès, Rode, as well as the Paganini Caprices. She also learned about twenty-eight violin concertos, recital programs, and several other short pieces.

"At the age of 28, Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is one of the most compelling artists on the international concert circuit. Renowned for her intellectual and emotional maturity, she was named "America's Best" young classical musician by Time Magazine in 2001, and appears on a regular basis with the world's great orchestras in Europe, Asia, and North America." - HilaryHahn.com

Her Instrument

Hilary Hahn plays an 1864 Vuillaume violin that was formerly owned by the Russian violinist Samuel Lande who was a friend of Klara Berkovich, Hahn’s first teacher. Hahn uses Dominant strings and bows by French bow makers Paul Jombar and Emil Miquel.

Some of my favorite Hilary Hahn videos on YouTube

Hilary Hahn - Sibelius Violin Concerto (Allegro Moderato) - she is still very young on this video. She recorded Schoenberg & Sibelius Violin Concertos with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra this year.

Hilary Hahn plays Der Erlkoenig

Hilary Hahn Plays Paganiniana

Visit Hilary Hahn website to know more about her. hilaryhahn.com
She's got an online journal and she writes some articles there. That's what she said in an interview before.