Hilary Hahn begins touring “In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores” this Thursday

October 13 – Presented by the Constella Festival; Memorial Hall; Cincinnati, OH
October 15 – Central Moravian Church; Bethlehem, PA
October 17 – Presented by the Seattle Symphony; Benaroya Hall; Seattle, WA
October 19 – The Paramount Theater; Charlottesville, VA
October 21 – The Center for the Performing Arts; Carmel, IN
October 23 – Symphony Center; Chicago, IL
October 27 – Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University; Atlanta, GA
October 29 – Mondavi Center, UC Davis; Davis, CA
November 1 – Presented by LA Philharmonic; Walt Disney Concert Hall; Los Angeles, CA
November 6 – The Broward Center; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Hilary HahnNew York, NY — After two sold-out CD launch concerts at The Stone in New York City’s lower east side on Monday night, and the release of Charles Ives: Four Sonatas yesterday, Hilary Hahn embarks on her US recital tour this week. At the Monday night events–which served to both celebrate Charles Ives: Four Sonatas and to raise money for The Stone–Hahn played Ives sonatas 1 and 4, hosted a conversation with composer John Zorn and Ives biographer Jan Swafford, accompanied the crowd in hymn-singing, and led the audience in singing Happy Birthday to Charles Ives, who would have turned 137 on October 20. Click here for the Happy Birthday video. Charles Ives: Four Sonatas is available on iTunes and Amazon.

In ten American cities (listed above), Hahn will play Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, as well as 13 of the 27 encores from her commissioning intitiative, In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores. Hahn’s recital repertoire is as follows (order to be announced from the stage):

BACH (1685-1750)
Sonata No. 1 in G Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001
Fuga (Allegro)

BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Opus 12
Allegro vivace
Andante, più tosto allegretto
Allegro piacevole

BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Sonatensatz in C Minor, WoO 2

In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores
Lera Auerbach, Speak, Memory
Tina Davidson, Blue Curve of the Earth
Avner Dorman, Memory Games
Soren Nils Eichberg, Levitation
Christos Hatzis, Coming To
Jennifer Higdon, Echo Dash
Bun-Ching Lam, Solitude d’automne
Paul Moravec, Blue Fiddle
Nico Muhly, Two Voices
Einojuhani Rautavaara, Whispering
Max Richter, Mercy
Somei Satoh, Bifu
Gillian Whitehead, Torua

At age 31 — 32 on November 27 — Hahn has already made a lasting impact on the violin repertoire, premiering a concerto by Edgar Meyer in addition to another by Jennifer Higdon and championing both well- and lesser- known works in performance and recording. Hahn now delves deeper into the world of contemporary classical music, commissioning over two dozen composers to write short-form pieces for acoustic violin and piano. She will tour these new works over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons and then record them. The project is called In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores.

The 26 commissioned composers are Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Lera Auerbach, Richard Barrett, Mason Bates, Tina Davidson, David Del Tredici, Avner Dorman, Søren Nils Eichberg, Christos Hatzis, Jennifer Higdon, James Newton Howard, Bun-Ching Lam, David Lang, Edgar Meyer, Paul Moravec, Nico Muhly, Michiru Oshima, Krzysztof Penderecki, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Max Richter, Somei Satoh, Elliott Sharp, Valentin Silvestrov, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Gillian Whitehead, and Du Yun. A final, 27th composer will be decided in a non-traditional fashion, news of which will be announced in the coming weeks.

The idea for In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores began to take shape nearly a decade ago, when Hahn noticed that new encore pieces were not being showcased as much as other types of contemporary works. Shorter pieces remain a crucial part of every violinist’s education and repertoire, and Hahn believed potential new favorites should be encouraged and performed as well. In a recent interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Hahn describes her experiences to date with this project: “What surprised me most is the way each piece represents its composer’s specific musical language. I find myself working very hard to get into each composer’s way of writing, so that I understand on an innate level how they have structured every aspect of their pieces, from phrases to harmonies and even violinistic techniques. In that sense, this project has been much bigger than I anticipated. But I like challenges.”

Once a month over the next two years, Hahn will post interviews with the In 27 Pieces composers on her YouTube channel. To date, she has interviewed Max Richter and Bun-Ching Lam. Click on the images below to watch.

Two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has gained international recognition for her probing interpretations, compelling stage presence, and commitment to a wide range of repertoire as well as newly commissioned music. Her extensive tours and dynamic recordings have made her one of the most sought-after artists of this era. Hahn appears regularly with the world’s elite orchestras and on prestigious recital series in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. In the dozen years since she began recording, Hahn has released thirteen solo albums on the Deutsche Grammophon and Sony labels, in addition to three live performance DVDs, an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack, and various compilations. She recently released an album of Tchaikovsky and Higdon concertos; the Higdon concerto, which Hahn commissioned, won the Pulitzer Prize. Known for her vivacious personality, Hahn keeps a collection of her writings at hilaryhahn.com. Her violin case Tweets from the road at @violincase.