A Biographical Timeline
Hilary Hahn was born in Lexington, Virginia, USA, and moved to Baltimore in 1983, where she had her first violin lessons in a local children's program. In 1985, she began five years of study in Baltimore with Klara Berkovich, a native of Odessa who had taught at the Leningrad School for the Musically Gifted for 25 years before emigrating to Baltimore. In 1990, she gave her first full recital, at Leakin Hall in Baltimore, and entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to study with 83-year-old Jascha Brodsky, the last surviving student of EugÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â¨ne YsaÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â¿e. This year she also made her first radio appearance.
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 Ãƒï¿½Ã‚ÂÃƒï¿½Ã‚ÂMusic Festival, both as a chamber musician and as a soloist with the festival orchestra. In other projects, she can be heard as featured soloist on the soundtrack of M. Night ShyamalanÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s 2004 film The Village and as a guest artist on the track ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½To Russia My HomelandÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ from the 2005 album Worlds Apart by Austin alt-rockers . . . And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead.
Hilary Hahn plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin from 1864.
Major orchestra debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in December
Begins full-time undergraduate studies at Curtis in music, liberal arts and foreignÃƒï¿½Ã‚Âlanguages
European orchestral debut in Hungary with the Budapest Festival Orchestra
Debuts with leading American orchestras, including the Cleveland, New York Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony. European chamber-music debut in France at the Festival of Sully-sur-Loire, with future recital partner Ãƒï¿½Ã‚ÂNatalie Zhu
Spends the first summer (of four) studying and performing chamber music at the Marlboro Music Festival in the USA. German orchestral debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
First recording featuring solo Sonatas and Partitas by J. S. Bach is released. Carnegie Hall debut. Performs in BachÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s six Brandenburg Concertos with the Chamber Music Ãƒï¿½Ã‚ÂSociety of Lincoln Center in New York. Completes bachelorÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s degree requirements at the Curtis Institute
Recording of BeethovenÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s Violin Concerto and BernsteinÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s Serenade with the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman is nominated for a Grammy, crowned with a Diapason dÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½or and, a few months later, an Echo Award
Graduates from the Curtis Institute of Music with a bachelorÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s degree. OrchesÃƒï¿½Ã‚Âtral debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony. Performs and records the Violin Concerto written for and dedicated to her by Edgar Meyer
1999 recording of concertos by Barber and Meyer wins the Deutscher SchallÃƒï¿½Ã‚Âplattenpreis and the Cannes Classical Award. Makes BBC Proms debut as featured soloist at the ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½Last NightÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ in LondonÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s Royal Albert Hall. Tours Japan with the Berliner Philharmoniker
Signs an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and makes her first recording under this agreement, four concertos by J. S. Bach with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Kahane. Recording of conÃƒï¿½Ã‚Âcertos by Brahms and Stravinsky with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields wins the Monde de la musiqueÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s Choc Award; a Grammy follows in 2003; recording of works by Mendelssohn and Shostakovich released
Deutsche Grammophon album of Bach concertos is released to wide critical acclaim in the autumn
Release of her second album for Deutsche Grammophon, featuring ElgarÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s Violin ConÃƒï¿½Ã‚Âcerto and Vaughan WilliamsÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s The Lark Ascending with Sir Colin Davis conducting the London Symphony Orchestra (Preis der Deutschen SchallplattenÃƒï¿½Ã‚Âkritik 2004). Concert appearances include the New York, Rotterdam and Hong Kong Philharmonics and the Cincinnati, Toronto, Bournemouth, NDR (HamÃƒï¿½Ã‚Âburg), WDR (Cologne) and New Zealand Symphony orchestras. Extensive US and European recital tours with pianist Natalie Zhu and their recording of Mozart Violin Sonatas
Recital tours with Natalie Zhu of the US, throughout Europe, and to the Far East; European tour with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½Giuseppe VerdiÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ under Eiji Oue plus concert appearances including the Philadelphia and St. Paul ChamÃƒï¿½Ã‚Âber orchestras, the Gothenburg, Atlanta, Baltimore, New Jersey, Swedish Radio, Singapore, and NHK (Tokyo) Symphony orchestras, and the Russian National and Osaka Philharmonic orchestras. Her CD release of Mozart Violin Sonatas with Natalie Zhu opens at no. 7 on the classical Billboard charts and also makes the German pop charts
Concerts with leading US and European orchestras including the Los Angeles PhilÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â¬harmonic (Hollywood Bowl), the San Francisco, BBC and Montreal Symphony orchestras, and the Cologne and Frankfurt Symphony orchestras. Festival appearances inÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â¬clude Aspen, Barbican (Mostly Mozart), Ludwigsburg, MontÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â¬pellier, Verbier and Tanglewood. Release of violin concertos by Paganini and Spohr with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Eiji Oue
The year opens with a recital tour of the US. Concerts in North America with the CleveÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â¬land Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Orchestra of St. LukeÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½s, the Chicago and the Montreal Symphony Orchestras. Concerts in Europe with the Swedish Radio and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic. Concerts in Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea. She performs with singer Josh Ritter at the Verbier, Aspen and Ravinia festivals. A special highlight of the year is her appearance with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel in a concert at the Vatican to celebrate the 80th birthday of Pope Benedikt XVI, which is also televised live in Italy and throughout much of Europe. DVD release: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½Hilary Hahn ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½ A PortraitÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½ gives a personal account of the violinistÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½s world
Hilary begins the year on tour in Europe with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. March sees her in Japan with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Numerous concerts with leading US orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington. She appears in Norway with the Bergen Philharmonic and in Great Britain with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. European recital tour with works by Franck, Mozart, YsaÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â¿e, Ives and Brahms, and appearances with singer Josh Ritter in the USA. Concerts of Bach in Germany, with soprano Christine SchÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â¤fer and baritone Matthias Goerne. Her recording of violin concertos by Sibelius and Schoenberg with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen is released to extraordinary critical acclaim and brings Hahn a GrammyÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â® for the yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½s ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra)ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½. Hilary is named Classic FM Gramophone ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½Artist of the YearÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½
Hilary gives the world premiere (plus concerts throughout the US and in Lucerne) of Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto, co-commissioned for her by the Indianapolis, Toronto and Baltimore symphonies and the Curtis Institute of Music. Concerts include SibeliusÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½ Violin Concerto with the Wiener Symphoniker, the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Leonard Slatkin and MozartÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½s Violin Concerto no. 5 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under IvÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â¡n Fischer. Extensive recital tour with pianist Valentina Lisitsa to Japan, South America, the US and throughout Europe. Scheduled for release later in the year is an album of Bach for violin and voice: a musical collaboration with Christine SchÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â¤fer and Matthias Goerne featuring selections from oratorios and cantatas.