Press Release: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Hilary Hahn, violin Robert Levin, piano

 Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8pm — NEC’s Jordan Hall

For Immediate Release
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Hillary Hahn (c) Michael Patrick OLeary

(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present violinist Hilary Hahn with pianist Robert Levin on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 8pm at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA. This performance is an Aaron Richmond Recital endowed by Nancy Richmond Winsten and the late Dr. Joseph Winsten. Media Partner is 99.5 WCRB.

Patrons are requested to call CelebrityCharge about ticket availability at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

This performance marks the fifth Celebrity Series performance for Hilary Hahn; her Celebrity Series debut was in October 1995 as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lorin Maazel. This will be the second Celebrity Series performance for Robert Levin; his debut was in April 2003.

In the two decades since her professional debut, three-time Grammy® Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has brought her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative repertoire choices to diverse global audiences.

Hilary Hahn took her first lessons in the Suzuki program shortly before her fourth birthday. At age 10, she was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music. At 12, she made her major orchestra debut; at 16, she completed her university requirements. By the age of 19, when she received her Bachelor’s Degree after having delayed graduation in order to expand her studies, she was a full-time touring musician. Hahn’s ever-evolving approach to music-making and her curiosity about the world have made her a fan favorite.

She has released 15 albums, in addition to three DVDs, an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack, an award-winning recording for children, and various compilations. Her recordings have received every critical prize in the international press and have met with equally popular success. Her distinct approach to music shows a remarkable ability to honor the traditional violin literature while creating new opportunities for listeners. In 2010, she released Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto along with the Tchaikovsky concerto; Higdon’s work, written for Hilary Hahn, went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, Hahn released In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, the culmination of a multi-year project to renew the encore genre, for which she received a Grammy® Award in 2015. Her most recent album, released in spring 2015, references her musical heritage, featuring works by Mozart and Vieuxtemps and recorded with longtime colleagues Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Elsewhere, her violin case comments on life as a traveling companion. She has appeared on the covers of most major classical music publications and has been featured in mainstream periodicals such as VogueElleTown & Country and Marie Claire. In 2001, Hahn was named “America’s Best Young Classical Musician” by Time magazine. In January 2010 she appeared as guest artist, playing Bartók and Brahms on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Hahn has participated in a number of non-classical musical productions, appearing in two records by the alt-rock band …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, on the album Grand Forks by Tom Brosseau, and on tour with folk-rock singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.

Robert Levin (c) Ascherma

Pianist and conductor Robert Levin has been heard throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. He has had solo engagements both on the Steinway and on period pianos throughout the United States and Europe.

Renowned for his improvised embellishments and cadenzas in Classical period repertoire, Robert Levin has made recordings for DG Archiv, CRI, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, ECM, New York Philomusica, Nonesuch, Philips and SONY Classical. These include a Mozart concerto cycle for Decca; a Beethoven concerto cycle for DG Archiv (including the world premiere recording of Beethoven’s arrangement of the Fourth Concerto for piano and string quintet); and the complete Bach harpsichord concertos with Helmuth Rilling, as well as the six English Suites (on piano) and both books of the Well-Tempered Clavier (on five keyboard instruments) as part of Hänssler’s 172-CD Edition Bachakademie. The first recording in a Mozart piano sonata cycle has also been released by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.

A passionate advocate of new music, Robert Levin has commissioned and premiered a large number of works. He is a renowned chamber musician and a noted theorist and musicologist. His completions of Mozart fragments are published, recorded and performed throughout the world.



BACH: Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 1019

ABRIL: Solo Partita for violin

MOZART: Sonata in E-flat Major, K.481

TÜRK: Träume for solo piano (written for Robert Levin)

SCHUBERT: Rondo in B minor, D.895 “Rondeau brillant”

About Celebrity Series of Boston

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 78-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.

The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 78 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere.

The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger, the Barr Foundation, Leslie & Howard Appleby, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Joseph McNay, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, PTC, the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henri A. Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis, Tufts Health Plan, Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.


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