Renowned violinist Hilary Hahn will perform Dvorák’s dramatic violin concerto with the Utah Symphony in the BRAVO! series’ first concert of 2018.
The Utah Symphony has a long relationship with the BRAVO! Professional Performing Arts series and has performed as part of the BRAVO! series more than any other ensemble.
“We have some tremendously exciting performers joining us on the BRAVO! series this semester,” said BRAVO! Producer Bridget Benton. “We are starting the year off right, with the incomparably talented Hilary Hahn. Hearing her perform Dvorák’s concerto with the Utah Symphony promises to be stunningly beautiful evening.”
In addition to Dvorák’s violin concerto, the symphony will perform selections from Dvorák’s “Slavonic Dances” as well Haydn’s Symphony No. 8 “Le Soir,” as a continuation of the symphony’s “multi-season study of the early Haydn symphonies.”
Hahn has been a frequent guest artist with the Utah Symphony and joins them as part of her 2017-18 season. This performance also marks her return to BYU. Hahn last performed at BYU with the Utah Symphony in 2012.
Hahn began playing the violin at age 3, quickly progressed and was admitted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at age 10 to study with Jascha Brodsky. She completed her university requirements at age 16 after making several solo appearances with professional symphony orchestras throughout the country. Hahn continued her university studies through languages, literature and writing before receiving her bachelor’s degree at age 19. Since her first full recital in 1990, Hahn has led an expansive career that includes numerous residencies throughout the world, 16 albums and three Grammy awards.
The symphony is currently under the direction of Thierry Fischer. Fischer started out as Principal Flute in Hamburg and at the Zurich Opera. He began his conducting career in his 30s and has worked with the several orchestras, including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Utah Symphony was founded in 1940 and is now one of America’s major symphony orchestras. The symphony has performed throughout the world and with numerous acclaimed musicians. The Utah Symphony has performed with the Utah Opera since its founding in 1978. The two organizations merged in 2002.