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  • Feb. 10, 2004

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic continues its Colburn Celebrity Series with violinist Hilary Hahn in recital on Tuesday, February 10, at 8 p.m. Natalie Zhu accompanies Hahn on piano.

    The evening's program includes Mozart's Sonata in G major for violin and piano, K. 301, and Sonata in A major for violin and piano, K. 526; Bach's Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004; and Bloch's Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano.

    Hahn's performance is one of eight recital presentations that comprise the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2003/2004 Colburn Celebrity Series. The series continues with violinist Maxim Vengerov with pianist Evgenia Startseva on
    March 3; baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Alfred Brendel on March 29; pianist Alfred Brendel on April 6; and pianist András Schiff on May 9.

    American violinist HILARY HAHN has established herself as one of the most accomplished and compelling artists on the international concert circuit. Admitted to Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music in 1990, at the age of ten, Hahn made her major orchestra debut a year-and-a-half later with the Baltimore Symphony. Her 1993 Philadelphia Orchestra debut was followed by engagements with The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Pittsburgh Symphony. In 1995, at age 15, Hahn made her German debut playing the Beethoven concerto with Lorin Maazel and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, in a concert broadcast on radio and television throughout Europe. Two months later, she received the 1995 Avery Fisher Career Grant. In 1996, Hahn completed the formal requirements for her bachelor's degree at Curtis, and made her Carnegie Hall debut in New York as a soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Named "America's Best" young classical musician by Time Magazine in 2001, Hahn appears regularly with the world's great orchestras in Europe, Asia, and North America. Highlights of her 2003-2004 season include recital debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; a three-week debut tour of New Zealand with the New Zealand Symphony; and additional recitals that take her from Ann Arbor to Valencia. Other concerts include appearances and recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra and subscription concerts with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Montreal, Toronto, and Hong Kong. In Europe, Hahn tours Germany and the Netherlands with the Penderecki Orchestra and performs concerts with the DSO Berlin, NDR Hamburg Radio Orchestra, WDR Köln, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Barcelona Symphony, and the Musikkollegium Winterthur of Switzerland. Hahn records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon. Her first album on that label, released in September 2003, features four violin concertos by Bach: the solo concertos in A minor and E major, the Concerto for Two Violins in D minor (with Margaret Batjer, second violin) and the Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor (with Allan Vogel, oboe) with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Jeffrey Kahane. In recent years, prior to signing with Deutsche Grammophon, she made five recordings for Sony Classical. Her first album, featuring Solo Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach, won Diapason's 1997 "d'Or of the Year" and spent weeks as a bestseller on the Billboard classical charts.

    The recipient of both 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, pianist NATALIE ZHU is a winner of Astral Artistic Services' 1998 National Auditions. Zhu has performed throughout North America, Europe, and China as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has performed in the United States with the Pacific Symphony, the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Astral Chamber Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, and with the Colorado Philharmonic National Repertory Orchestra. In 2001 she joined the Curtis faculty as staff pianist. Natalie Zhu received a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music where she studied with Claude Frank.


    Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 8 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Hilary Hahn, violin

    Natalie Zhu, piano

    MOZART Sonata in G Major for violin and piano, K. 301

    J.S. BACH Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

    BLOCH Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano

    MOZART Sonata in A major for violin and piano, K. 526

    Tickets ($15 - $120) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. When available, choral bench seats ($15), will be released for sale to selected Philharmonic, Colburn Celebrity Recital, and Baroque Variations performances beginning at noon on the Tuesday of the second week prior to the concert. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For all information, please call 323.850.2000.

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