Grammy Nominations for Anna Clyne and Hilary Hahn

The list of 2015 Grammy nominations has been published – and Anna Clyne’s Prince of Clouds is in the running for Contemporary Classical Composition.  Her work shares the ballot with John Luther Adams (Become Ocean), George Crumb (Voices From The Heartland), Stephen Paulus (Concerto For Two Trumpets & Band), and Roberto Sierra (Sinfonia No. 4). Have a listen to the Chicago Symphony performing the nominated piece: I also recommend listening to this conversation between Clyne and soloist Jennifer Koh about the work:   Also nominated in the Chamber Music/Small Ensemble category is the recording of Hilary Hahn’s “27 Pieces”.  We wrote about this when the project…

Hilary Hahn and Gillian Whitehead

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. Enjoy!

Hilary Hahn Commissions New Works

Award winning violinist and former child prodigy, as well as active soloist, Hilary Hahn has recently announced a new project, commissioning 27 new encore pieces. The news was released on her professional website. Hahn reportedly sought to increase and diversify the encore pieces that are heard throughout concert halls, as well as introduce audiences to different composers. Hahn handpicked the composers for the project, and has revealed 26 – the final composer is going to be a surprise. Included in the list of composers were: Franghiz Ali-Zadeh Lera Auerbach Tina Davidson Jennifer Higdon Bun-Ching Lam Michiru Oshima Gillian Whitehead Du…