Hilary Hahn Embarks on U.S. Recital Tour This February; Premieres the Final Works in “In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores”

Once a month, Hilary Hahn interviews a composer from her “In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores” project on her YouTube channel. To date, she has interviewed thirteen of the composers. To watch the interviews, please click on the above image.

Listen to Hahn discuss “In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores” on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

Hilary Hahn’s commissioning project, In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, has been praised by critics and audiences alike for revitalizing the encore form and showcasing a wide variety of contemporary voices. For In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, which will be released as a 2-CD set in the fall of 2013, Hahn asked 27 composers to write short-form works for acoustic violin and piano. During the 2011-12 season, she toured Europe and the U.S., premiering the first 13 of these pieces. After touring throughout South America this fall and throughout Europe in January, Hahn is delighted to give the U.S. premieres of the final 14 works over the next several months. Pianist Cory Smythe joins her for the recitals and on the recording.

The 26 commissioned composers are Antón García Abril, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Lera Auerbach, Richard Barrett, Mason Bates, Tina Davidson, David Del Tredici, Avner Dorman, Du Yun, Søren Nils Eichberg, Christos Hatzis, Jennifer Higdon, James Newton Howard, Bun-Ching Lam, David Lang, Paul Moravec, Nico Muhly, Michiru Oshima, Kala Ramnath, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Max Richter, Somei Satoh, Elliott Sharp, Valentin Silvestrov, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Gillian Whitehead. The final, 27th, composer was decided via an open online contest. After reviewing more than 400 blind submissions, Hahn selected “The Angry Birds of Kauai” by Jeff Myers. For every encore submission that was received, Hahn donated $2 to the music programs of Dramatic Need.

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 performed as much as other types of contemporary works. Throughout the process, Hahn and the composers are helping to recreate the encore for the 21st century. In an interview with NPR, Hahn noted, “There’s an idea of the encore being a virtuosic showpiece. I found that a lot of composers in this project wanted to redefine the term ‘encore.’ They wanted to create a different kind of virtuosity, or they wanted to create a lyricism or a thoughtfulness that they had missed in certain kinds of encores in the past.”

Hahn’s recital program features works by Fauré, Corelli, and Bach. This mixed repertoire allows Hahn to probe the relationship of several contemporary composers to more canonical figures. Of Hahn’s current European tour, Scene and Heard International raved, “All in all, this evening marked by the fruits of Hilary Hahn’s forward thinking musicianship and the camaraderie between two fine musicians, was extremely satisfying.” On this tour, the selection and order of the commissioned works will vary from city to city. Up to nine of the new pieces will be performed each evening, programmed around pieces by Fauré, Corelli, and Bach.

U.S. Recital Tour

February 6, 2013
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
featuring the Mendelssohn Trio in D Minor
Cory Smythe, piano; Christopher Rex, cello
Amelia Plantation Chapel
Amelia Island, FL

February 7, 2013
7 Days of Opening Nights
Ruby Diamond Auditorium
Tallahassee, FL

February 9, 2013
San Francisco Performances
Herbst Theatre
San Francisco, CA

February 12, 2013
University of Mississippi
Ford Center for the Performing Arts
Oxford, Mississippi

February 14, 2013
Arsht Center
Knight Concert Hall
Miami, FL

February 16, 2013
Washington Performing Arts Society
The Kennedy Center
Washington, D.C.

February 19, 2013
Santa Fe Concert Association
The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Sante Fe, NM

February 24, 2013
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Newark, NJ

February 25, 2013
McCarter Theater
Princeton, NJ

February 27, 2013
Straz Center
Ferguson Hall
Tampa, FL

March 1, 2013
Celebrity Series of Boston
Jordan Hall
Boston, MA

May 7, 2013
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles, CA


Note: This is not the order in which the encores will be performed.

Violin Sonata no. 1 in A Major, Op. 13

Violin Sonata no. 4 in F Major, Op. 5

Ciaconna from Partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV. 1004

In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores
Antón García Abril: First Sigh
Antón García Abril: Third Sigh
Richard Barrett: Shade
Mason Bates: Ford’s Farm
James Newton Howard: 133…At Least
David Lang: Light Moving
Du Yun: When a Tiger Meets a Rosa Rugosa
Jeff Myers: The Angry Birds of Kauai
Michiru Oshima: Memories
Kala Ramnath: Aalap and Tarana
Elliott Sharp: Storm of the Eye
Valentin Silvestrov: Two Pieces for Violin and Piano
      1. Waltz
      2. Christmas Serenade
David del Tredici: Memories
Mark Anthony Turnage: Hilary’s Hoedown
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh: Impulse

Two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has gained international recognition for her probing interpretations, compelling stage presence, and commitment to new music and the commissioning process. 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 16 years since she began recording, Hahn has released 14 feature albums on the Deutsche Grammophon and Sony labels, in addition to three DVDs, an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack, an award-winning recording for children, and various compilations. In 2012, she released an album of Tchaikovsky and Higdon concertos. The Higdon piece, which Hahn commissioned, won the Pulitzer Prize. Her album with pianist Valentina Lisitsa is entitled Charles Ives: Four Sonatas. Her ongoing commissioning project, In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, involves more than two dozen of today’s top composers writing new short works for violin and piano. The pieces will be premiered over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons and recorded for release in the 2013-14 season. Hahn’s most recent album, Silfra, is a collaboration with prepared-pianist Hauschka. The record was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson and was entirely improvised by the two performers. Known for her vivacious personality, Hahn keeps a collection of her writings at hilaryhahn.com. Her violin case Tweets from the road at @violincase.

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For more information about In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, or to request press tickets to any of the US tour dates, please contact:

Amanda Ameer
First Chair Promotion
e. amanda@firstchairpromo.com
ph. 212.368.5949

Photo: Peter Miller