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  • Apr. 30, 2013
  • TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013, AT 8 PM

    The Colburn Celebrity Recital Series is Endowed by a Generous Grant from

    the Colburn Foundation

    Media Sponsor: 89.3 KPCC

    WHAT:       Violinist Hilary Hahn returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall in a recital featuring selections from her commissions project, In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, interspersed with music by Fauré, Mozart and Bach, Tuesday, May 7, at 8 pm. The performance is the final recital of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2012/13 season of Colburn Celebrity Recitals, which feature some of the world’s leading virtuosos. Hahn is joined by pianist Cory Smythe.

    The recital program showcases seven new works from Hahn’s Encores project, an endeavor in which she commissioned composers to write short-form pieces for violin and piano. She premiered the first group of commissions during the 2011/12 season at Walt Disney Concert to great acclaim. The 27th work was selected through an online competition announced last June. Complementing the program of new music are Fauré’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13, Mozart’s Sonata No. 1 in A major for Violin and Piano, Op. 13, Mozart’s Sonata No. 19 in E-flat major for Violin and Piano, K. 302, and Bach’s Chaconne from Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin, BWV 1004.

    Two-time Grammy-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 16 years since she began recording, Hahn has released 14 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 two albums: one of Charles Ives’s sonatas for violin and piano, and another, Silfra, comprised of improvised music by herself and the prepared pianist Hauschka. She is currently touring several of the pieces she commissioned as part of her multi-year project, In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, in recital. Hahn keeps a collection of her writings at Her violin case Tweets and Instagrams from the road at @violincase.

    Hilary Hahn appears by arrangement with IMG Artists, 152 W. 57th St, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10019. Ms. Hahn’s recordings are available on Deutsche Grammophon and on Sony Classical/ Sony BMG Masterworks.

    Pianist Cory Smythe is an inventive improviser, chamber musician, and performer of contemporary classical music. He has performed internationally both as a soloist and chamber musician at the Darmstadt International Summer Festival for New Music, the Bang on a Can Marathon in New York City, Ravinia's Rising Stars Series, and Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center. As a core member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Smythe has presented numerous premieres, collaborated in the development of new works, and worked closely with composers Philippe Hurel, Dai Fujikura, Steve Lehman, Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Mathias Pintscher, and Alvin Lucier among many others. A prolific improviser, Smythe has worked in collaboration with artists Greg Osby, Tyshawn Sorey, and Anthony Braxton. Smythe holds degrees in classical piano performance from the music schools at Indiana University and the University of Southern California, where he studied with Luba Edlina-Dubinsky and Dr. Stewart Gordon, respectively.

    The Colburn Celebrity Recitals series for the 2012/13 season presents virtuoso performances by world-renowned artists. The Hahn recital is the final performance of the season.

    Complete Program:

    Elliott SHARP                    Storm of the Eye
    David LANG                      Light Moving
    Richard BARRETT              Shade
    FAURÉ                             Sonata No. 1 in A major for Violin and Piano, Op. 13
    Jeff MYERS                       The Angry Birds of Kauai
    David DEL TREDICI           Farewell
    James Newton HOWARD    133…At Least
    MOZART                          Sonata No. 19 in E-flat major for Violin and Piano, K. 302
    BACH                              Chaconne from Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin, BWV 1004
    Franghiz ALI-ZADEH          Impulse
    Valentin SILVESTROV        Two Pieces for Violin and Piano

    For full artist biographies, please visit:

    HILARY HAHN, violin
    CORY SMYTHE, piano

    WHEN:      Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 8 PM

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles                

    HOW TO PURCHASE:      Subscriptions and single tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2012/13 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.



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