The Royal Academy of Music announces internationally acclaimed violinist Hilary Hahn as Visiting Professor. In this role, she will lead masterclasses as well as develop and mentor student projects.

Three-time Grammy Award winner Hilary Hahn melds expressive musicality and technical expertise with a diverse repertoire. She was previously artist-in-residence at London’s Wigmore Hall. In the 2023–24 season she serves as the New York Philharmonic’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence. In keeping with her ongoing support for young musicians, she is also the Juilliard School’s Visiting Artist in the Music Division. Further to that, she was awarded Yale University’s prestigious Chubb Fellowship in Spring 2022 and served as the Yale College Artist-in-Residence in Spring 2023. 

She is a committed champion of new music and has commissioned works by an array of contemporary composers. Her 2021 album Paris features the world premiere recording of Rautavaara’s Deux Sérénades, written for Hahn and completed posthumously by Kalevi Aho. Other recent commissions include Michael Abels’s Isolation Variation, Barbara Assiginaak’s Sphinx Moth, Lera Auerbach’s Sonata No. 4: Fractured Dreams, and Antón García Abril’s 6 Partitas. 

As a recording artist, Hilary has released 22 feature albums on the Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, and Sony labels that have opened in the top ten of the Billboard charts.

Hilary Hahn commented on her appointment: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Royal Academy of Music as Visiting Professor. Within the classical music world, knowledge being passed from generation to generation is key in ensuring both artistic individuality and healthy collaboration. Having the chance to do so at the revered Academy is an honor, and I can’t wait to hear what these young musicians will be offering the generations to come.” 

Graham Mitchell, Head of Strings at the Royal Academy of Music said: “It is such an amazing privilege to be able to welcome Hilary Hahn as Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music. She truly is one of the most illustrious, inquisitive and inspiring artists of our generation and I know our students will benefit greatly from her presence here.”

Hilary begins her role as Visiting Professor in September 2024 and joins the Academy’s roster of some of the world’s leading string players and pedagogues, including James Ehnes, Steven Isserlis, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Timothy Ridout and Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider.