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Hilary Hahn

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Born: November 27, 1979; Lexington, VA  
Hilary Hahn is among the world's greatest violinists of her or, arguably, any generation. She is one of those rare artists who possess both a colossal technique and interpretive acumen to set them apart from most of their rivals. Hahn had a major recording contract at 16, was named Best Young Classical Musician at 21 by Time Magazine, and by her mid-twenties was generally ranked as one of the finest violinists in the world. Her repertory is Read more broad, taking in many of the standards by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Spohr, Paganini, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Barber. But she also plays a few works from the byways of the repertory, including the concertos of Schoenberg and contemporary American composer Edgar Meyer. Hahn declares a preference for Bach, expressing a deep reverence for his music while playing many of his works for solo violin, as well as concertos. Hahn has recorded for Sony Classical and DG.

Hilary Hahn was born in Lexington, VA, on November 27, 1979. Her family moved to Baltimore when she was three. Hahn began playing the violin before her fourth birthday and soon began studies on the instrument via the Suzuki method. She took lessons from Russian émigré Klara Berkovich (1984-1989), and from 1990 studied violin at the Curtis Institute under Jascha Brodsky.

In 1991 Hahn debuted with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and by the mid-'90s had appeared with the Philadelphia, Cleveland, New York Philharmonic, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. In addition, she had debuted in Europe (1995), with Maazel and the Bavarian RSO, playing the Beethoven violin concerto.

Though she could have graduated at 16, Hahn stayed on at Curtis for additional courses and graduated at 19 (1999). By then she had made two recordings under her exclusive contract for Sony, Hilary Hahn plays Bach, and the Beethoven violin concerto and Bernstein Serenade, both critical and commercial successes.

In 2003 Hahn signed a recording contract with DG, and her first album, Bach Concertos, again was devoted to her favorite composer. In 2005 Hahn branched out into crossover music in a series of concerts with American singer/songwriter Tom Brosseau. Two years later she appeared in concert in crossover fare once again, this time with Josh Ritter, also a popular American singer/songwriter. Among Hahn's recordings is the 2008 DG album containing the Schoenberg and Sibelius violin concertos, with Esa-Pekka Salonen leading the Swedish RSO. Read less
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    Bach Masterworks - The Original Jackets Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001929902 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Maria Stader,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Reinhard Goebel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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    In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001910302 Release Date: 11/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franghiz Ali-Zadeh,  Somei Satoh,  Du Yun,  David Lang  ... 
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  Cory Smythe
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  • 3.
    Silfra / Hilary Hahn, Hauschka
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001679802 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hilary Hahn
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  Hauschka
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    Silfra / Hilary Hahn, Hauschka [limited Edition LP]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001679901 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hilary Hahn
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  Hauschka
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    Classical 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Georges Bizet,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Antonio Pappano,  Marco Armiliato,  Daniele Callegari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini
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    Hilary Hahn Spectacular
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 795069 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski,  Hugh Wolff,  David Zinman,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Ives: Sonatas / Hilary Hahn, Valentina Lisitsa
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001608202 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  Valentina Lisitsa
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    Shostakovich: Violin Concerto; Dvorak: Symphony No 8 / Hahn, Jansons, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2050448 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    111 - The Collector's Edition 2 [56-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779142 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Harling,  Robert Lloyd,  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Nelson,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerzy Semkow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  George Watson's College Boys' Chorus  ... 
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    111 More Classic Tracks [6-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001483202 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Maurice André,  Stefan Askenase,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Karel Ancerl,  Hans Stadlmair,  John Nelson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky, Higdon: Violin Concertos / Hilary Hahn
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 1469802 Release Date: 09/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jennifer Higdon,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Art Of Violin
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4639 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ernest Chausson,  Franz Schubert (Dresden),  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Nathan Milstein,  Christian Ferras,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Aram Khachaturian
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    Bach - Violin And Voice / Hilary Hahn
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001383202 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  Matthias Goerne,  Christine Schäfer,  Henrik Wiese
    Conductor:  Alexander Liebreich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
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    State Of The Art - The Story Of Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341102 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Rafal Blechacz,  Kathleen Battle,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Andalucian Dogs
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  • 15.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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    Bach Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 742557 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  E. Power Biggs,  Andrea Marcon,  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Eugene Ormandy,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  I Solisti di Zagreb  ... 
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    An Hour With Bach
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 729165 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Hilary Hahn,  Stefanie Haegele  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrea Marcon,  Eugene Ormandy,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Schoenberg, Sibelius: Violin Concertos / Hilary Hahn, Esa-pekka Salonen, Swedish Radio So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001085802 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Birthday Concert for Pope Benedict XVI
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000928309 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    The Essential Hilary Hahn
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 709580 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edgar Meyer,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Leonard Bernstein,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff,  Marek Janowski,  David Zinman,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Hilary Hahn - A Portrait
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000818309 Release Date: 02/13/2007  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  Natalie Zhu
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Paganini, Spohr: Violin Concertos / Hillary Hahn, Eiji Oue
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000718802 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Spohr,  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    The Hilary Hahn Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 77138 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Bach: Partitas For Solo Violin / Hilary Hahn
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92749 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
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    Mozart: Violin Sonatas K 301, 304, 376 & 526 / Hahn, Zhu
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000477102 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  Natalie Zhu
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