Hilary Hahn is 24 years old, with a fantastic international concert career. Sheâ€™s self-assured, smart and has her own web site (www.hilaryhahn.com). She played at the Ordway on February 18th, 2004 for the Schubert Club International Artists Series. Minnesota Public Radio's microphones recorded the concert for future broadcast. MPRâ€™s Silvester Vicic had a chance to talk with her before the concert.
This year's performance features charming folk songs, tender hymns and five world premieres that honor the intricate patchwork of our nation's community of cultures. Complementing the program is Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Crann, who has been invited to narrate several seasonal readings interspersed throughout the performance.
Leon Fleisher was in the Twin Cities for a performance with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota on November 16, 2003. He's widely acknowledged as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. Because of an injury to his right hand ( focal dystonia ), most likely caused by repetitive stress syndrome, his concert career came to an abrupt halt in 1965. He took that opportunity to regroup and take on the left-handed repertoire for the piano, in addition to becoming a conductor, an arts administrator and a renowned teacher. Minnesota Public Radio's Silvester Vicic talked with him about his career, his recent solo recital at Carnegie Hall, his philosophies on teaching, the arts and music, and his visit to the Twin Cities.
The International Piano e-Competition is a first in many ways. Thereâ€™s never been an international music competition of this scale in Minnesota before. Itâ€™s the first competition that takes advantage of digital technology, providing a live performance equivalent to two members of the jury who will be in a hotel room in Tokyo listening to the same player that the judges in St. Paul will hear, at the same time. Itâ€™s probably the first time that one can experience these young pianists live, new discoveries awaiting those who are ready to listen.