Yearly Archives: 2010

Hilary toured Europe with the New Zealand Philharmonic

Hilary recently wrapped a European tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. You can see her interview of principal trombonist David Bremner here.

Portland, OR

Dear Readers, I have just left Portland, Oregon, after a marathon week. It started with my Vegas concert last Thursday, continuing to Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday concerts. On top of that, on Sunday morning I played an informal spur-of-the-moment fundraiser for the organization Mercy Corps, which is based in Portland. Last night, the Oregon (read more…)

Las Vegas, NV

Dear Readers, Greetings from Las Vegas, where fortunes are made and lost and classical music sometimes finds its way into the calendar. I was here this week to work with the orchestra of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The audience was very enthusiastic and the students magnified that energy, giving our performance of the (read more…)


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Salt Lake City, UT

Dear Readers, On my flight to Salt Lake City a few days ago, I was seated next to a sweet old woman. She would turn to me every so often with a beatific smile to ask a question in Spanish or to offer a cookie or a cracker or her spare snack napkin. Towards the (read more…)

Hilary performed at the annual NYC gala for Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camps

Hilary made a special appearance in New York City on October 21, joining other top performers for a gala evening titled “A Celebration of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camps,” at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. This event featured performances by the Hole in the Wall campers themselves along with world-renowned artists. In addition (read more…)

The PBS NewsHour and NPR feature Hilary’s new album

Hilary and the Higdon & Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos album were recently featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and the PBS NewsHour. To listen to All Things Considered, please click here. To watch the NewsHour piece with added web footage of Hilary performing Bach’s Sarabande in D Minor, please click here. Special thanks to everyone at (read more…)

The new record, of Jennifer Higdon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning violin concerto for Hilary, and the Tchaikovsky concerto, is out!

Hilary’s latest album release, Higdon & Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos, debuted at the number one position on Billboard’s Classical Overall and Classical Traditional charts after its release on September 21, 2010. The Classical Overall chart includes crossover artists such The Priests and Andrea Bocelli. In addition to its success on the charts, Higdon & Tchaikovsky Violin (read more…)

Lanaudiere, Quebec

Dear Readers, Happy August! I am flying out of Montreal on my way from the Lanaudiere Festival in Quebec. It is an open-air amphitheater-style venue, very much like – for those of you in the Cleveland area (hello Encore students!) – the Blossom festival but smaller. There is a covered audience seating area and a (read more…)

London, England

Dear Readers, I am currently in a swanky lounge in Heathrow airport. I am leaving London. My face is all sorts of shiny colors because I just spent half an hour painting various products onto it in the Duty Free mall. I was particularly enthusiastic with the bronzers. Even the back of my left hand (read more…)

Tokyo, Japan

Dear Readers, Konbanwa! I’m on the train on my way from a concert in Nagoya back to Tokyo, where I depart this country tomorrow evening. As you can gather, this was the last concert of a tour. The tour, specifically, was with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and we played the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, (read more…)

Dallas, TX

Dear Readers, Dallas is a city of buildings, museums, and parks. This week, I was out and about enough to get my first sun of the summer, which I had to cover up a little bit before walking onstage in my red strapless dress. Time to hit the sunscreen. Artistically, this Dallas week was amazing. (read more…)


I was recognized in the supermarket. I was standing next to a shelf of tea. A girl I’d spotted in another part of the store turned to me and asked, “Are you Hilary Hahn?” Well, yes. I was sure I’d seen her before, had met her somewhere, but she didn’t have the same impression. I (read more…)


1. What career do you think you would be in if you weren’t a musician?
 Pick one: anthropologist, archaeologist, visual artist, teacher, writer, woodworker, photographer, metal artist, astronaut, personal assistant, editor, interior designer, social worker, or veterinarian. Or maybe I’d try my hand at subsistence living. Of course, if I hadn’t pursued music, I may (read more…)

Pittsburgh, PA

Dear Readers, Ah, the things people do in airports. This man went where he shouldn’t have during a layover, and I just happened to have my camera on and pointing in his direction! Now that my island hopping is over for the time being, I am back in the States for some work on home (read more…)