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Q & A: Hilary Hahn, Grammy Nominated Violinist

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29-year-old Hilary Hahn has been in Los Angeles for the past week, first to play with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and then this weekend to attend the Grammy Awards where she is nominated--along with LA Phil's Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra--for Best Classical Album and Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra).

The Grammy nominated Deutsche Grammophon album of Schoenberg and Sibelius Violin Concertos became the only Schoenberg recording ever to hit the best-selling classical charts. Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg is one of the most famous of the 20th century--he eventually moved to Los Angeles to teach at USC and UCLA and lived out his life here.

When you come to Los Angeles, what do you look forward to the most when experiencing the city?

I love the arts culture here. I have a lot of friends in the area, and I always look forward to seeing a new part of the city and going to great events with people I know I’m going to have fun with. Also, every time I’m here, I make sure to get to the beach at least once, to take a walk along the shoreline and get a little bit of sun. Even if it’s the dead of winter here and I’m bundled up in a scarf and hat, it still feels like a luxury.

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What restaurants are a must do when you come here?

I don’t really go out to eat a lot; I prefer the markets. LA has a ton! Farmers’ markets, regional grocers, organic supermarkets - I never go hungry here. There is one place I like to go, as far as nightlife is concerned: Largo, the music venue. It just moved to the Coronet, and the shows are as good as ever.