Metroactive Music | Hilary Hahn, Garrick Ohlsson By Scott MacClelland. violinist hilary hahn, at age 20 already a risen star, made her South Bay debut before 250 patrons Sunday night at Villa Montalvo. http://www.metroactive.com/papers/metro/06.08.00/brahms-0023.html
Extractions: Brahms Boosters Hilary Hahn and Garrick Ohlsson soared on three Brahms sonatas at Villa Montalvo By Scott MacClelland V IOLINIST HILARY HAHN, at age 20 already a risen star, made her South Bay debut before 250 patrons Sunday night at Villa Montalvo. That left about 50 empty seats in the Carriage House Theatre, where Hahn and veteran pianist Garrick Ohlsson teamed for the three Brahms violin sonatas. If you weren't there, you can go ahead and kick yourself. This was a recording-quality performance. Since a recording is in the works, microphones might as well have hung here. Virtually flawless playing by both and a penetrating interpretation of the composer's distinctive style put this collaboration up there with the best of them. Even though Hahn had the sheet music out, she never actually looked at it. But then wisdom has marked Hahn's career from the beginning: witness the acclaim and awards she has collected (including the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant at age 15!) and the readily available CD recordings she has made for Sony. Describing Hahn's playing is easy. There were no errors. Every note was perfectly on pitch, although oneonly onelanded just under its true center. However, such left-hand perfection, while rare enough, doesn't really take account of vibrato, which, by definition, moves to either side of pitch center and functions at the service of expressiveness. In this realm, Hahn possesses a remarkable variety. To melt emotions, she favors a technique that pulls vibrato from the strings. To underscore moments of virtuosity she pushes it. Her right hand wields an artist's brush, painting tone colors across the palette of her 1863 Villaume.
Hahn Plays Bach Right now, hilary hahn is as good or better than violinists two and three times her age, both as a violinist and as a musician. http://www.bach-cantatas.com/NonVocal/Solo-Violin-Hahn[Schwartz].htm
Extractions: I first heard Hilary Hahn live, in a performance with the Cleveland Orchestra of the Mozart third violin concerto. As a rule, I'm not a huge fan of the Mozart violin concerti, and I've always preferred the "Turkish" fifth. However, Hahn and the Cleveland made a believer of me. Hahn invested her line with the subtlety of a great singer, and the orchestra followed her with the sensitivity of a Gerald Moore. It was one of the finest Mozart performances I've ever heard. Forget Mozart, it was one of the finest performances I've ever heard. Intermission, and I rushed to the lobby, to buy two CDs from the violinist herself (she signed them). So now you know me for the gushing fan I've tried to hide from you. Right now, Hilary Hahn is as good or better than violinists two and three times her age, both as a violinist and as a musician. My only doubt attaches to her range. I've not heard her in the big Romantic works. Although I note a Brahms concerto recording, everything I've listened to has been small-scale Mozart, Beethoven, Barber, Bernstein, and Bach. Within that, however, she is right now a master, and the thought that she will probably improve unnerves me a little. All her virtues spring to light from the first notes on this disc: intonation not only dead-on, but actively contributing to the beauty and excitement of the music; double-stops as if they're no big deal; a gorgeous singing tone. In addition to the technique, she is - no other word for it - musical, in a fundamental way that goes beyond intellect and analysis. Maybe someone did teach her this, but it sounds absolutely spontaneous, as if she decides at the last possible instant where the music goes next, while at the same time, holding in her head the larger vision of a movement's architecture.
GRAMMY.com hilary hahn Is A Classical Music Veteran At 23 violinist marked her first performance at 14 and won a GRAMMY at 23. GRAMMY.com J. Poet. hilary hahn. http://www.grammy.com/features/2003/1015_hilaryhahn.aspx
Extractions: J. Poet Hilary Hahn Jack Kerouac's On The Road Hahn made her international concert debut in 1995 at the age of 14 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; she got her first GRAMMY nod at the age of 19 for her recording of the Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and won in 2002 for her performance of the Brahms and Stravinsky concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. "It's a super distinction. It was delivered to my parent's home and when my mom got her hands on [the GRAMMY] she didn't want to let it go." Hahn started violin lessons when she was four, almost by accident. "My dad and I were taking a walk and talking about music. When we looked up we saw a sign that said 'Music lessons for children.' We went into the building and I sat in on a lesson. I heard a little boy play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' on violin — I told my father that's what I wanted to do. I was lucky in finding Klara Berkovich, who was a challenging teacher, and [it was helpful] having supportive parents." Wasn't holding the violin difficult for a child? "You start with a tiny violin, one that's proportional to your size. They make them in 32nd and you slowly move up to 16th size, quarter-sized, half-sized. I've been playing full-sized violins since I was 11."
DAILY BRUIN ONLINE - World In A String Kawa A recipient of France s distinguished recording prize, the Diaspon D or for Young Talent, 19year-old American violinist hilary hahn performs works by http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/db/issues/99/11.18/ae.hahn.html
Extractions: MUSIC: Hilary Hahn, a 19-year-old star violinist, stops at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall tonight as she continues her international concert tour By Allison Hunter Daily Bruin Contributor Most fairy tales begin with "Once upon a time," but Hilary Hahn's musical career started with "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." That's what a 4-year-old Hahn heard when she saw a sign offering "music lessons for 4-year-olds" while on a walk around her Baltimore neighborhood with her dad. She decided to check it out. Though Hahn cites musical greats like her former mentor, Jascha Brodsky, as her greatest inspirations, that little boy playing "Twinkle, Twinkle" in that small building in Baltimore was probably her first influence. Hahn, now a world-renowned violinist, will perform tonight in UCLA's Schoenberg Hall, in just one stop on her international tour. Though Hahn began her musical career with "Twinkle, Twinkle," she moved on to bigger and better things. At tonight's concert, she will perform Brahm's Sonatas 1 and 2, Bach's Solo Sonata No. 2 and Debussy's Sonata, accompanied by pianist Natalie Zhu. The UCLA show is Hahn's debut solo performance in Los Angeles, although she has performed in countless cities around the world. Though she doesn't have a favorite city, Hahn said she most enjoys playing in Baltimore, her hometown, and Philadelphia, where she currently lives, because she has a "connection" with the people there. She said she also enjoyed playing in Jerusalem, Italy and Spain.
Arborweb Reviews - Review: Hilary Hahn 12, at Hill Auditorium will discover, hilary hahn is an and whatever you can do with it, hahn s done as being the supreme test for every violinist, the Ciaccona http://www.arborweb.com/reviews/0402.hilaryhahn-review.html
Extractions: Hilary Hahn Practically perfect Along with the Bach, Hahn will be performing two sonatas by Mozart and one by Ysaye. The Mozarts are light and delightful, and the Ysaye supervirtuosic. While it will be interesting to hear what Hahn does with delightful and supervirtuosic pieces, the sublime Ciaccona is what everyone will be there to hear Hahn play.
SND Films German At the young age of twenty, hilary hahn is a hilary wants to do what she wants and how she Michael Stern, conductor and son of violinist Isaac Stern. http://www.sndfilms.com/catalog/tekst/documentaries/hilaryhahn.html
Extractions: At the young age of twenty, Hilary Hahn is a rising star in the classical music world, both in her home country, the United States, and internationally. This remarkable woman from Baltimore is unusually grounded, given the patina of celebrity she has enjoyed since the age of fifteen. Hailed as a 'wunderkind', the classical music world beckoned her into the limelight. Electing to first finish her studies at Philadelphia's prestigious Curtis Institute, Hilary is only now ready to submit to a rigorous touring schedule. Even at such a young age she commands the respect of colleagues three times her age. 'Hilary wants to do what she wants and how she wants it,' remarked Michael Stern, conductor and son of violinist Isaac Stern. The film shows Hilary at home in Philadelphia and follows this mesmerizing violinist on tour in Germany and Finland. Hilary shows that she can give Mendelssohn's famous Violin Concerto op. 64 a deep lyricism and Shostakovich's Violin Concerto op. 77 the wisdom required to tackle the master Russian composer. Her musical vision and her immense discipline demonstrate that nothing is left to chance in this young woman's career.
Classical 91.5 Fm KUSC - CD Reviews For her latest concerto album, violinist hilary hahn has continued the process begun on her first three concerto CDs, combining works that apparently have very http://www.kusc.org/reviews/04-03-cdreviews.shtml
Extractions: As with the Beethoven/Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber/Edgar Meyer and Brahms/Stravinsky albums, whatever pairing the Mendelssohn and Shostakovich might say about the pieces themselves - beyond the obvious fact that they are so irreconcilably different - it says much, much less than the performances do about the most thrilling violinist of her generation. Still in her early 20s, Hahn has already been compared to some of the great names in the history of the instrument, from Kreisler and Huberman, with whom she shares an endearing natural warmth and fondness for musical brinkmanship, to Perlman and even Heifetz, so seamless and spellbinding is her phenomenal technique. Yet for all the musical depth and technical finish of these performances, it is the illusion of complete effortlessness that makes them so disturbing and exciting. It is as if what the album is really intended to say is that for this player the technical horrors of the Shostakovich are no more daunting than the pops concert filigree of the Mendelssohn.
Honolulu Star-Bulletin Features With her latest recording, 21year-old violinist hilary hahn proves that she has moved beyond her teen-prodigy years and emerged as an important artist. http://starbulletin.com/2002/01/25/features/story5.html
Extractions: firstname.lastname@example.org With her latest recording, 21-year-old violinist Hilary Hahn proves that she has moved beyond her teen-prodigy years and emerged as an important artist. The choice to pair these two concertos in one recording was made by Hahn, who felt equally passionate about the monumental masterpiece of the Brahms and the lesser-known Stravinsky. Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D Major is a mammoth undertaking. The first movement contains a huge structure that demands strength, warmth and lyricism from both the soloist and the orchestra. Hahn and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields deftly handle the pacing of this potentially sprawling work. The violinist is particularly impressive in the first movement's cadenza where, free from the accompanying ensemble, she suspends the piece's forward momentum with tonal and dynamic shifts and impressive dialogue and echo effects. Hahn makes her instrument sing in the beautiful adagio, demonstrating exquisitely long phrases that allow the music to float from the opening bars to the end.
Seattle Symphony | Season & Tickets hilary hahn, violin. The young American violinist hilary hahn continues to win accolades for her astonishing maturity and compelling musicality. http://www.seattlesymphony.org/season/single/performance.asp?performanceid=368&P
Bronson Piano Studio Date, Review, Organization. xx/xx/99, violinist hilary hahn Pianist Natalie Zhu, Carmel Music Society. violinist hilary hahn Pianist Natalie Zhu. By Lyn Bronson. http://www.bronsonpianostudio.com/reviews/111699r1.htm
Extractions: Lyn Bronson When Robert Schumann heard Chopin's Opus 1, he immediately wrote in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, "Hats off, gentlemen, a Genius." After hearing violinist Hilary Hahn last night at Sunset Center in Carmel, I know how he must have felt. The occasion was the Carmel Music Society's second concert of the season, and during this concert Ms. Hahn appeared with collaborative pianist Natalie Zhu. Only nineteen years old, Ms. Hahn has it all. We heard glorious soaring tone, with the most exquisite control of intonation and vibrato, plus we heard a mature musicianship (incredible for one so young) capable of the subtlest dynamics and shaping of phrases. This is not playing you are likely to forget. The program consisted of four sonatas - two by Brahms, one by Debussy and the Bach unaccompanied Sonata in A Minor. I was most looking forward to hearing the Brahms and Debussy sonatas, rather than the Bach, because in many violinists' hands, the unaccompanied suites and sonatas can sound like labored, academic exercises. Ms. Hahn's Bach Sonata was a startling revelation. Every phrase, every note, every nuance was there with an astounding clarity. The mechanics of playing the violin receded into the background, as she effortlessly navigated her way through the most difficult contrapuntal and double-stop passages. The most interesting aspect of her Bach playing was that although she made this extremely difficult work look and sound easy, her playing was never glib. We got the impression she was completely committed to the music and this gave her playing an air of extraordinary authority. It is difficult to image a better performance of this work, and I never wanted it to end.
Radio New Zealand At the age of 23, Grammy Awardwinning violinist hilary hahn is one of the most accomplished and compelling artists on the international concert circuit. http://www.radionz.co.nz/index.php?id=63&nav=2§ion=c_highlights
Extractions: Hilary Hahn CDs I've added a new category, and the first highlight in Music is Hilary Hahn . She's a young (meaning younger than my sister) violinist who has put out five albums in the past few years, each one taking the classical music world by storm. She is quite good as a violinist, and uses her talent to make some really great recordings. She likes to play contrasting violin concertos that have something in common. Reading through the liner notes gives you an overview of the two violin concertos, explaining how the two are similar, even though they sound very different. not So help me be a corporate shill! If you click one of these links and buy the album through Amazon.com, I'll get a cool nickel, and you'll get some very good music.
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