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Two Hahns Under the Stars

This week, in an odd coincidence, Los Angeles hosts two brilliant young violin virtuosos by the name of Hahn, in two outdoor concerts. And they’ve got lots more in common. Hilary Hahn started performing at age 3; made her major orchestral debut with the Baltimore Symphony at 11; was voted “America’s Best” young classical musician by Time magazine in 2001; won a Grammy; and is singled out among her peers for her astounding intellectual and musical maturity. Korean-born Hahn-Bin was off to a slower start; he began his violin studies at the ripe old age of 5, but quickly caught up, winning — that same year — the most prestigious competition for young musicians in Korea. By 8, he was famous not only as a violinist but as a poet, playwright and painter. By 10 he’d played in every major concert hall in Korea. At 12, performing on his newly acquired 1735 Guarneri, Hahn caused award-winning journalist Sam Weller to exclaim: “The velvet sound wallpapers the room . . . Eyes closed, Hahn-Bin is calling spirits.” Hilary Hahn performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hugo Wolff, conductor, at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd.; Tues., Aug. 8, 8 p.m.; $6-$43. (323) 850-2000 or www.hollywoodbowl.com. Hahn-Bin performs Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto, Op. 99 at the Marina del Rey Summer Concerts Series, Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey; Thurs., Aug. 10, 7 p.m.; free. (310) 305-9545.

—Mary Beth Crain


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