23. January 2010 · Comments Off on Jennifer Higdon · Categories: Composers, Videos

Composer Jennifer Higdon is on a roll. Her new Piano Concerto was premiered last month by Yuja Wang and the National Symphony Orchestra. Her Percussion Concerto is up for a Grammy Award. She’s writing a concerto for the new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird to be premiered in June with the Atlanta Symphony, and she’s working on a San Francisco Opera commission with a due date of 2013.

This month alone, according to the 47-year-old composer’s Web site, nine of her works are receiving a combined 20 performances. Hearing the young virtuoso Hilary Hahn roar through Higdon’s flashy Violin Concerto on Thursday with music director Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra offered a primer on why Higdon’s music has become catnip for so many performers and audiences.


Symphony Silicon Valley has performed several of Ms. Higdon’s works, and I really like her Oboe Concerto.

Jennifer Higdon and Hilary Hahn chat about the new concerto:

These are all from Hilary Hahn’s videos at YouTube.

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