Musicians You Should Know: Hilary Hahn

Basic Facts

Born: November 27, 1979, Lexington, Virginia
Type of Performer: Violinist
Genre: Classical

About Hilary Hahn

Hilary Hahn was born in 1979 in Virginia. She started playing violin around age four (her first lesson was one month before her fourth birthday) and by age ten she was studying at the Curtis Institute of Music. She gave her first recital at age ten at Peabody Conservatory, and shortly thereafter, in 1991, she made her orchestral debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 1995, she made her international debut in Germany with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, conducted by Lorin Maazel.  She made her first record at age 17, called Hilary Hahn Plays Bach, which launched her career. That same year, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. At age 21, TIME Magazine named her America's Best Young Classical Musician. To date, she has given over 1500 performances and she continues to tour internationally. She has recorded 19 albums and she has won three GRAMMY Awards. She is also an avid blogger and active on social media. She works to make classical music more accessible to a younger audience through her regular Bring Your Own Baby concerts and her #100daysofpractice movement on Instagram.  She regularly commissions new works for the violin, including a concerto by Jennifer Higdon that went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. 


Performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Performing at NPR's Tiny Desk

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