Tickets & Events

Gustavo Gimeno conducts Ligeti, Dvořák and Schumann featuring violinist Hilary Hahn

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall - Boston, MA View Map

Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno and American violinist Hilary Hahn join forces for Dvořák's Violin Concerto, composed in 1879 for the great Joseph Joachim. At times lyrical, Dvořák's concerto also contains passages of great energy based on music from his Czech heritage, especially in the delightful, dance-like finale. Also based on music from Central Europe, György Ligeti's early "Romanian Concerto" is a Bartók influenced orchestral work from early in the great Hungarian composer's career. Robert Schumann's First Symphony is bursting with energy, power, and optimism.

Featured Performers

Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
View biography in full page >

From the 2015/16 Gustavo Gimeno takes up his post as Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. He begins his partnership with a focus on the first symphonies of Beethoven, Mahler, Bruckner, Schumann and Shostakovich and with singers from the Wiener Singverein he will conduct Verdi's Requiem. At the contemporary end of the spectrum he is conducting works of Rihm, Berg and Berio. His soloists in his first season include Isabelle Faust, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Leonidas Kavakos, Anja Harteros and Stefan Dohr.

After a sensational debut with Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2014 after return concerts in Amsterdam he will tour with the orchestra to Taiwan and Japan. He also returns to the Munich Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Verdi Orchestra, Milan. He will make debuts on the podiums of the Orchestra National de France, Orchestra National de Capitol du Toulouse, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle and the Philharmonia Zurich.

Alongside his USA debut with Pittsburgh Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Festival Gustavo Gimeno will also make his debut with Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the 2016 Ravinia Festival. In Japan he will also be on the podiums of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Osaka Philharmonic. Recent highlights included debuts in 2014/15 season with the Leipzig Gewandhaus, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

In Spring 2015 Gimeno made his debut at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia conducting Bellini's "Norma" in a new Davide Livermore production. In February 2014, on the occasion of his sensational Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra debut Gimeno conducted the European debut of Magnus Lindberg's second Piano Concerto with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Yefim Bronfman, (its' dedicatee). Gustavo Gimeno has worked closely with many composers including Theo Loevendie, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, George Benjamin and the young Spanish composer Francisco Coll.

Gustavo Gimeno's international conducting career began in 2012 as assistant to Mariss Jansons with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He spent several insightful years assisting the late Claudio Abbado with the Orchestra Mozart, Bologna, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2013 he also assisted Bernard Haitink with the Orchestra Mozart. Working closely with such mentors has had a profound impact on the formative years of his conducting career.

Gustavo Gimeno was born in Valencia, Spain, and lives in Amsterdam. Between 2001 - 2013 he was Principal Percussionist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Gustavo Gimeno, conductor Hilary Hahn, violin
View biography in full page >

Three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is renowned for her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative programming. Her dynamic approach to music-making and her commitment to sharing her musical experiences with a broad global community have made her a fan favorite.

Hahn's distinct stylistic choices honor the traditional violin literature while delving into the unexpected. Since last season, in recital tours across the United States, Europe, and Japan, Hahn has been premiering six new partitas for solo violin by composer Antón García Abril. The works are Hahn's first commissioning project for solo violin and her first commission of a set of works from a single composer. "In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores" is Hahn's multi-year commissioning project, started in 2011, to revitalize the duo encore genre. Hahn's album of those encores won a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance in 2015, and the print edition of the complete sheet music will be released by Boosey & Hawkes. Complete with Hahn's fingerings, bowings, and performance notes, the sheet music will ensure that the encores become part of the active violin repertoire. A special vinyl edition of the recording will also be released.

Hahn's 2015-16 artist residency at Vienna's Konzerthaus featured her performing Mozart with the Camerata Salzburg, Dvořák with the Vienna Symphony, and Vieuxtemps with the Vienna Philharmonic, plus a solo recital. As part of her residency Hahn piloted free - and sometimes surprise - concerts for parents with infants, a knitting circle, and a community dance workshop as the live music for their end-of-year performance. The 2016-17 season will see Hahn in residence with both the Seattle Symphony and the Orchestre National de Lyon. In conjunction with her performances with those orchestras and her recitals in Seattle and Lyon, Hahn will create outreach activities customized to each city. She will also continue her free community-oriented concerts, encouraging music lovers to combine live performance with their interests outside the concert hall. Other activities in the 2016-17 season include European concerto tours with the Czech Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the Orchestre National de Lyon; appearances with the Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, and National Symphony Orchestras, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras, and the Spanish National Orchestra; and recital tours with pianist Robert Levin throughout North America and Europe.

Hahn took her first violin lessons in the Suzuki program of the Peabody Institute in her hometown of Baltimore at the age of three, and at five she began lessons with Klara Berkovich, who had just emigrated from St. Petersburg. At ten, Hahn was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to study with Jascha Brodsky, a former pupil of Eugène Ysaÿe and Efrem Zimbalist. Hahn completed her university requirements at sixteen, having already made her solo debuts with the Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Utah, and Bavarian Radio symphony orchestras; the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Budapest Festival orchestras, and the New York Philharmonic, among others. Hahn continued her studies for three more years, delving into languages, literature, and writing, and received her bachelor's degree at nineteen. She spent four summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and another four in the total-immersion German, French, and Japanese programs at Middlebury College. She holds honorary doctorates from Ball State University and Middlebury College.
Hahn has released sixteen 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. Spanning an extremely wide range of repertoire, including Bach, Stravinsky, Elgar, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Mozart, Schoenberg, Paganini, Spohr, Barber, Bernstein, Ives, Higdon, and Tchaikovsky, her recordings have received every critical prize in the international press and have met with equal popular success. All have debuted in the top ten of the Billboard classical chart.

Hahn's first Grammy came in 2003 for her Brahms and Stravinsky concerto album. A pairing of the Schoenberg and Sibelius concerti spent 23 weeks on the charts and earned Hahn her second Grammy. In 2010, she premiered her recording of Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto along with the Tchaikovsky concerto. Higdon's composition, written for Hahn, went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. In 2012, Hahn launched Silfra with experimental prepared-pianist Hauschka. The album was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson and was entirely improvised by Hahn and Hauschka following an intensive period of development. Her latest album, Mozart 5, Vieuxtemps 4 - Violin Concertos, pairs concerti that have played an active part in her repertoire for more than 25 years.

Hahn is an avid writer, having posted journal entries for two decades on her website,, and published articles in mainstream media. On her YouTube channel,, she interviews colleagues about their experiences in music. Her violin case comments on life as a traveling companion, on Twitter and Instagram at @violincase. In 2001, Hahn was named "America's Best Classical Musician" by Time magazine, and in 2010, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Hahn was featured in the Oscar-nominated soundtrack to The Village and has participated in a number of non-classical productions, collaborating on 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.

Hilary Hahn, violin
Program Notes Audio
LIGETI - Concert Românesc (13 min)
DVOŘÁK - Violin Concerto (34 min)
SCHUMANN - Symphony No. 1, Spring (33 min)
Audio Concert Preview - Full Program Notes
Listen/Watch Related Media

The BSO Media Center offers program snapshots of upcoming performances as well as audio concert previews and video podcasts!