Skip to page content
  • WDCH
  • Renowned Violinist Hilary Hahn Returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles Philharmonic’s First Colburn Celebrity Recital of the 2011/12 Season
  • Nov. 1, 2011

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011, AT 8 PM

    This Series is Endowed by a Generous Grant from the Colburn Foundation; Media Sponsor: 89.3 KPCC

    Violinist Hilary Hahn returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall in a recital of music by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, as well as selections from her own commissioning project, In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores, Tuesday, November 1, at 8 p.m. The performance is part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2011/12 Colburn Celebrity Recitals, which feature some of the world’s leading virtuosos. Hahn is joined by pianist Valentina Lisitsa.

    Hahn’s recital includes Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001, Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 12, No. 2, and Brahms’ Sonatensatz (Scherzo) in C minor. Interspersed through the program she performs 13 of the 27 pieces from her Encores project, an endeavor in which she commissioned composers to write short-form pieces for violin and piano. Hahn is premiering these works throughout the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons, and recording them along the way for release in the 2013/14 season. Twenty-six commissioned composers are featured in the project, and the final, 27th will be decided in a non-traditional fashion later in the year. The 13 encores performed in the recital include:

    Lera Auerbach, Speak, Memory

    Tina Davidson, Blue Curve of the Earth

    Avner Dorman, Memory Games

    Søren 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

    Hilary Hahn’s probing interpretations, technical brilliance, and commitment to new music and the commissioning process have not only made her one of the most sought-after artists of our time, but also brought her love of classical music to a diverse audience. The 31-year-old has achieved international fame and recognition, including two Grammys, multiple “Diapason d'Or of the Year” and “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik” prizes, and the 2008 Classic FM / Gramophone Artist of the Year. In the 15 years since she began recording, Hahn has released 12 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.

    Future recitals for the 2011/12 Colburn Celebrity recital series season include: Pianist Lang Lang (November 6, 2011); violinist Joshua Bell (February 7, 2012); pianist Leif Ove Andsnes (February 8, 2012); Jeffrey Kahane – Celebrating 15 years of Jeffrey Kahane at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (March 7, 2012); Piatigorsky International Cello Festival (March 18, 2012); and baritone Matthias Goerne with Christoph Eschenbach as pianist (April 16 and 18, 2012).

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall ( and the Hollywood Bowl ( The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from October through May, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.


    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011, AT 8 PM

    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Colburn Celebrity Recital

    HILARY HAHN, violin


    BACH Sonata No. 1 in G minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001

    BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 12, No. 2

    BRAHMS Sonatensatz (Scherzo) in C minor

    LERA AUERBACH Speak, Memory

    TINA DAVIDSON Blue Curve of the Earth

    AVNER DORMAN Memory Games




    BUN-CHING LAM Solitude d'automne

    PAUL MORAVEC Blue Fiddle

    NICO MUHLY Two Voices





    This series is endowed by a generous grant from the Colburn Foundation.

    Media sponsor: 89.3 KPCC

    Subscriptions and single tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2011/12 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently available. To purchase, please visit, the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. To order by phone with credit card, please call the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office at 323.850.2000, or Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.

  • Contact:

    Sophie Jefferies,, 213.972.3422; Lisa White,, 213.972.3408; Photos: 213.972.3034