Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn (born 1979) is well-known on the international concert circuit, recognized for playing contemporary as well as traditional classical compositions. She was named "America's Best" young classical musician by Time Magazine in 2001, and appears regularly with the world's great orchestras in Europe, Asia, and North America. In her won words, her stylistic choices "honor the traditional violin literature while delving into the unexpected." By a recent count (2017), she has played over 1500 live performances, and has released a large number of albums on DGG and other labels. Although mainly a classical violinist Hilary Hahn is also involved in other music genres. She collaborated with Josh Ritter, a folk-rocker. They made a tour in which she played classical pieces for solo violin, he sang songs from his albums, and they also played together. Hilary Hahn was born in Lexington, Virginia. From ten to seventeen she studied at Curtis with the legendary Jascha Brodsky - the last surviving student of the great Belgian violinist Eugene Ysaÿe - working closely with him until his death at the age of 89. In May of 1999, at the age of 19, Ms. Hahn graduated from Curtis with a bachelor of music degree.