Violinist Hilary Hahn Selects Fan Art This Week for New Album, 'Retrospective'
This week violinist Hilary Hahn has been naming the fan art that will appear on the cover and in the booklet for her new album, called Retrospective, to be released Jan. 19.
For years, Hahn has been featuring "fan art" - pictures drawn by fans and given to her - every Friday on her Facebook page. Last July, she invited her fans to submit artwork for her next album, a selection of favorite tracks from her 12 Deutsche Grammophon recordings and live recordings of Mozart Sonata KV 379, Davidson’s "Blue Curve of the Earth," and Richter’s "Mercy" (both written for her Encores project).
"I have been delighted by the artwork that fans have brought me after concerts all over the world — art made by everyone from four-year-old violin students to professional painters," she said. "I’m touched by the artistic output, and I strongly relate to your creativity. What phenomenal fans. I would love to showcase some of your visual art in connection with my recording history as a way of saying thanks."
This week on her Facebook page, Hahn has announced the selection of art from five fan and she will choose one more on Friday. Those selected so far include:
- Christine Fraser's art, showing Hahn in silhouette and surrounded with finely drawn images, will appear on the cover of the album. Fraser said she created the art in gratitude because Hahn "has provided me with such a wonderful array of music that I frequently listen to while drawing or painting....music has always been a huge influence in my own creative process."
- Özgür Akt, painting Hahn in a swirling music storm of yellows, greens and dark reds, said he has been moved by Hahn's "perfect interpretations" of Bach.
- Katja Dormann, painting in shades of grey and yellow-brown, said that they way Hahn shapes music inspires her own creativity, "finding its way through my senses and feelings directly to my hands and to my instrument, the brush....More than 40 paintings and countless drawings have originated from this vivid experience. They do not literally portray Hilary, but focus on her in her process of creating."
- Miranda George, who painted a violinist in swirling lines of blue, said that "this watercolor was inspired by one of the pieces from Hilary's In 27 Pieces album, Tina Davidson's 'Blue Curve of the Earth.' I was thrilled to meet Hilary after hearing her perform in Dallas and honored to hand her this painting!"
- Amy Huang, 12, depicted Hilary with multi-colored wings, saying, "Hilary has been an inspiration to me ever since the beginning of my musical journey and I am so grateful to be able to contribute to one of her many spectacular projects."
To pre-order a CD, click here. You can also order the album on vinyl at that link, and there are 200 vinyls that will be signed by Hahn, with three randomly selected to receive a drawing by Hahn with their vinyl.
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