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Hilary Hahn

Hilary Hahn (Violin)

Born: 27th November 1979, Lexington, Virginia, US

Nationality: American

Artist's website:

"Everything she does, both musically and technically, is so exquisitely subtle that one can only sit in wonder at the sheer comprehensiveness of it all." International Record Review, London, May 2007

Hilary Hahn was born in Lexington, Virginia, USA, and moved to Baltimore in 1983, where she had her first violin lessons. In 1985, she began five years of study with Klara Berkovich who had taught at the Leningrad School for the Musically Gifted for 25 years before emigrating to Baltimore. In 1990, she entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to study with 83-year-old Jascha Brodsky, the last surviving student of Eugène Ysaÿe.

Alongside her solo work, Hilary Hahn has a deep interest in chamber music. Nearly every summer since 1992 she has appeared at the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival, both as a chamber musician and as a soloist with the festival orchestra. She has also collaborated with non-classical musicians and can be heard as featured soloist on the soundtrack of M. Night Shyamalan’s film The Village, on the album Worlds Apart by Austin alt-rockers ... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, and most recently on singer-songwriter-guitarist Tom Brosseau’s latest album Grand Forks.

Hilary Hahn plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin from 1864.

Further Reading: Hilary Hahn

 Interview, Hilary Hahn on Bach

The American violinist talks to Katherine about returning to Bach's solo sonatas and partitas two decades after her debut recording aged 16.

 Recording of the Week, Bach for Violin and Voice

Hilary Hahn, Christine Schäfer and Matthias Goerne join forces with the Münchener Kammerorchester for arias from works including the St Matthew Passion, the Mass in B minor and numerous cantatas.

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