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Hilary Hahn

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Three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is renowned for her musicality, expansive interpretations of an incredibly varied repertoire, and organic connections with her audience. Her creative approach to music-making and her commitment to sharing her experiences with a global community have made her a fan favorite. Ms. Hahn is a prolific recording artist and commissioner of new works, and her 21 feature recordings have received every critical prize in the international press. This season, as Virtual Artist-in-Residence with the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, she gave the world premiere of her newly composed cadenza to Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (the cadenza she plays in the present BSO performances). She performed the concerto with the Houston and Dallas symphony orchestras; in Dallas, she delivered the keynote speech of the Second Annual Women in Classical Music Symposium. She also performed the Dvořák Violin Concerto with both the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. In March 2021, Deutsche Grammophon released Ms. Hahn’s twenty-first album, Paris, recorded with Mikko Franck and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Paris features the world-premiere recording of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Two Serenades, written for her and completed posthumously by Kalevi Aho. In 2018-19, before her season-long sabbatical in 2019-20, she premiered the Two Serenades and Lera Auerbach’s Sonata No. 4, Fractured Dreams, also written for her. Ms. Hahn’s commitment to her fans manifests in many educational initiatives. In 2021 she taught three masterclasses during a virtual residency with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, two of which were open to the public. A former Suzuki student, Ms. Hahn released new recordings of the first three books of the Suzuki Violin School in 2020. Her Instagram-based practice initiative, #100daysofpractice, has helped to demystify the typically grueling and isolating practice process; fellow performers and students have contributed more than 600,000 posts under the hashtag. An avid and early blogger, Hahn hosts on her website original writings dating back to 2002. Her Bring Your Own Baby concerts, developed over recent residencies in Vienna, Seattle, Lyon, and Philadelphia, create opportunities for parents of infants to share their enjoyment of live classical music with their children in a nurturing, welcoming environment. Always free and offered on an infant-friendly schedule, they build on her history of performances in unconventional venues such as community dance workshops, yoga studios, and knitting circles. Hilary Hahn made her BSO debut in February 2003 performing Edgar Meyer’s Violin Concerto. With the orchestra since then she has performed Dvořák’s Violin Concerto (in August 2006 for her Tanglewood debut and again in October 2017, her most recent Symphony Hall performances), Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (March 2010), and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto (at Tanglewood in August 2010). In July 2019 she made her Tanglewood recital debut.

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