As I mentioned last year, violinist Hilary Hahn has commissioned 27 new works to use as encore pieces. You can read about the project in an article from the Wall Street Journal here. Hilary has hand-picked 26 composers and is having a contest for the 27th piece(and there’s still time to enter!)
Hilary, ever the educator, is also conducting interviews with the composers of these works so that audiences can gain a better understanding and appreciation of this work. This past week she posted her conversation with Gillian Whitehead.