Violinist Hilary Hahn announced on Sunday via social media that she will be taking a year-long sabbatical from performing.
"Last night, I played a concert in Germany with my friends German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen. And then, when I woke this morning, just like that, this thing I’ve been planning for a decade had begun," Hahn said on her Instagram page. "It’s super nice and intriguing to begin this stretch of luxurious time, and it’s simultaneously a little intimidating. I love performing, touring, and making music with my colleagues. I’ll miss that for a while. But I love other things too, and I’m curious what it’s like to see Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer pass in steady succession."
"People have asked me what I’ve planned for this coming year. I have no plans! The best way for me to find out what this sabbatical is meant to be is to start it and see where it wants to take me. I didn’t do anything particularly adventurous on my last one, six months in 2009, but none of it was what I’d predicted beforehand. Yet it was life changing. For this sabbatical, I’ve declined all outward facing work, but I have prepared some materials to post from time to time if I check in. And I’ve got a full, exciting season planned for 2020-21, so I’ll definitely see you then.
To all of you out there, you are phenomenal fans. I am grateful for you."
I highly recommend the knitting. Wishing Hilary and her family all the best in the coming year!
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