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textura has ten questions for Hilary Hahn

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The release of Hilary Hahn's Paris, which features ravishing treatments of works by Ernest Chausson, Sergei Prokofiev, and Einojuhani Rautavaara, is merely the latest in a long and impressive string of accomplishments in the violinist's career. At seventeen, she made an incredible recording debut with Hilary Hahn Plays Bach, and in the decades since has issued numerous albums, three of which-her Brahms and Stravinsky concerto album (2003), her pairing of the Schoenberg and Sibelius concerti (2008), and her In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores (2013)-were awared Grammys. Many a composer has written material especially for her, including Jennifer Higdon, whose Violin Concerto (which Hahn recorded with the Tchaikovsky concerto) won her the Pulitzer Prize, and Hahn has similarly become known for commissioning new works and supporting contemporary composers.

Enhancing her consummate technical ability and innate musicality is a restless desire to explore non-classical areas. In that spirit, she has collaborated on two records with the band …. And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, partners with prepared-pianist Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) in the free-improv duo Silfra, and connects regularly with fans through multiple online platforms. The "Postcards from the Road" feature at her site shares personal updates from travels around the world; she's also posted interviews with composers such as David Del Tredici, Du Yun, and others at her YouTube channel, a treasure trove of material about her music and the many projects with which she's involved. textura had the great pleasure of speaking with this singular artist on Feb. 26th, 2021 about the new release (reviewed here) and other performance-related matters.

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