In the lovely setting of the Semperoper, Dresden, Hilary Hahn's fingers raced on the strings, and she swayed with very physical participation, making eye contact with the musicians in the orchestra when she got a pause amongst the vertiginous solos. An extraordinary performance, probably the closest that classical music can get to rock. The evening continued with the Bruckner D minor 3rd Symphony, in which conductor Paavo Järvi enhanced the dramatic contrasts in the music.
The concert included the presentation of the 11th Glashütte Original Music Festival Award, by company managing director Yann Gamard, who spoke of Hilary Hahn's "ability to inspire young musicians with her intensive and uncompromising approach to making music. Hilary Hahn reaches young classical-music fans outside the concert hall as well with her authentic, contemporary way of speaking. Her regular encounters with school pupils and her highly popular social-media projects are examples of this vibrant form of communication." The award is specifically for achievements in encouraging young musicians and promoting classical music education.
The award took the form of a money prize, and a trophy made by two apprentices at the Alfred Helwig School of Watchmaking, part of the Glashütte Original manufacture in Glashütte.