01-09-2016

Hilary Hahn, one of the best violinists of all time

Three Grammys lit up the bay of Formentor

Hilary Hahn, named one of the best violinists of all time by the experts at Classic FM, swept away the Formentor Sunset Classics audience at her only concert in Spain on 1 September.

That same day, the three-time Grammy Award winner attended a press conference in which she stated, “Since the age of 13, I have been playing a violin made by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume. It has grown with me, it is the instrument with which I have played all my albums and I feel very connected to it”. Hahn, who has recorded 15 albums, also told the media, “I think it will be an amazing experience for the audience because this stage is like being in a concert surrounded by nature. It is an honour to be at this gorgeous location”.

Arturo Reverter, a music critic for La Razón and Scherzo, wrote, “From the start of the first piece, the soft and expressive sound of the instrument flowed over graceful spirals”. She proceeded to move the audience, accompanied by a first-rate orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jirí Belohlávek, as she played the Suite for String Orchestra by Leos Janacek, the Concerto No. 5 by Mozart, and the Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39 by Dvorák.

The concert, which also included encores, ended with a Gigue by Bach and the Pizzicato Polka by Strauss, which was performed solely by the orchestra. The breathtaking finale of this marvellous experience was streamed live via the hotel’s social media profiles. It was an innovative way of sharing a portion of the concert that took place during a spectacular sunset at Formentor with the followers of the Festival and the artist.