Violin Superstar Hilary Hahn is featured on the official new recordings for the Suzuki Violin School books, Volumes 1-3 with pianist Natalie Zhu.
On Wednesday Alfred Music, in conjunction with the International Suzuki Association, announced the release of the recordings, which will be available spring 2020.
The recordings provide an alternative to the longstanding recordings by violinist William Preucil Jr., who was fired in 2018 as concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra after an investigation that found evidence of sexual misconduct. In the ensuing developments, Preucil, Jr. was removed as an honorary board member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the International Suzuki Association and Alfred commissioned new recordings of the Suzuki Violin School books.
"I was delighted to be asked to record Suzuki violin Books, 1–3," Hahn said in a statement. "During the sessions, I thought about the current and future students, their parents and teachers who would hear these recordings. I’m moved to be part of their experiences with the violin. These pieces were played with love and care, and I hope Suzuki violinists will enjoy listening to this music every day."
The ISA Violin Committee said that it was "grateful to Hilary for her exacting standards during the recording sessions. She brought tremendous energy, artistry, and dedication to bear in all aspects of this recording. Hilary expressed many times to the Committee her delight in revisiting these pieces from her childhood, and the opportunity to make a lasting contribution to the world-wide Suzuki community. These are recordings that students, parents, and teachers will enjoy listening to for years to come."
The new recordings will replace all existing ones associated with the Suzuki Violin School International Editions, available as: Violin Part Book, Piano Accompaniment Book, Violin Part Book & CD, and CD only. Listening tracks that include violin and piano appear first on the CD followed by piano accompaniment only tracks for play-along purposes. Upon release, recordings will also be available for teaching and practice purposes on SmartMusic.
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