Hilary Hahn

Hilary Hahn

Violinist Hilary Hahn’s probing interpretations, technical brilliance and commitment to new music and the commissioning process have not only made her one of the most sought-after artists of our time, but also brought her love of classical music to a diverse audience. Although only 33 years old, Hahn appears regularly with the world’s elite orchestras and on the most prestigious recital series. In the 15 years since she began recording, Hahn has released 12 feature albums on the Deutsche Grammophon and Sony labels, in addition to three DVDs, an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack, an award-winning recording for children, and various compilations. For the official website, click here.

Pianist Cory Smythe will join Hahn for her concert. Please click on the What to Expect tab to read Smythe's full bio.

Feb. 27 Ferguson Hall


Show Dates & Times

Wed., Feb. 27, 8 p.m.


Regularly priced tickets start at $45.

Groups of 10+: 15% off
Please call 813.222.1016 or 813.222.1018 to speak with Group Sales.

Educator's Discount: 50% off with valid I.D. Limited to two tickets.

Student/Military Discount: 50% off with valid I.D. Limited to one ticket. 

In celebration of 25 years of performances, entertainment, emotions and memories, the Straz Center will offer 25 tickets at $25 for select shows. This offer starts Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Community Open House event. Offer available by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) (outside Tampa Bay 800.955.1045) or by visiting the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office. All offers are first come, first served and limited to two tickets per show title per household. Some restrictions apply. Not applicable to prior sales. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Subject to availability. Service charges apply.

There is a maximum ticket allotment of eight tickets per account/household/business for paid, ticketed events. (For some shows, it may be less.) Applicable service charges added at point of purchase. There is no maximum for free, non-ticketed events.

For ticket purchases via the phone or ticket office, service charges are waived for current annual Straz members at the $400 level and higher, although special handling fees may apply to some shows. Service charges for online transactions apply to all members. 

Pursuant to s.817.36, Florida Statutes, no Straz Center ticket may be offered or resold for more than $1 over the face value of the ticket.

What to Expect

Pianist Cory Smythe is an inventive improviser, chamber musician and performer of contemporary classical music. He has performed internationally both as a soloist and chamber musician at the Darmstadt International Summer Festival for New Music, the Bang on a Can Marathon in New York City, Ravinia's Rising Stars Series, and Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center. He was recently selected by composer John Adams to perform the keyboard part in Nixon in China in the Metropolitan Opera's staging of the work.

As a core member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Smythe has presented numerous premieres, collaborated in the development of new works, and worked closely with composers Philippe Hurel, Dai Fujikura, Steve Lehman, Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Mathias Pintscher and Alvin Lucier among many others. A forthcoming recording by ICE (on Mode Records) will feature Smythe as the piano soloist in Iannis Xenakis’s "Palimpsest." Smythe has also been a featured guest and soloist with many new music ensembles throughout the United States, including Milwaukee's Present Music, the Boston-based Firebird Ensemble, Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

A prolific improviser, Smythe has worked in collaboration with artists Greg Osby, Tyshawn Sorey and Anthony Braxton. His recent performance of the latter's seminal Composition No. 30 has been released on the composer's New Braxton House label and described by The Wire magazine as "startling … gorgeously dense …" Smythe's debut album as improviser/composer, Pluripotent, has garnered praise from New York Times critic Steve Smith as well as jazz pianist Jason Moran, who called it "hands down one of the best solo recordings I’ve ever heard." Pluripotent is available for free download at corysmythe.bandcamp.com.

Smythe holds degrees in classical piano performance from the music schools at Indiana University and the University of Southern California, where he studied with Luba Edlina-Dubinsky and Dr. Stewart Gordon, respectively. He currently resides in New York City. 

Run-time: Approximately 106 minutes including intermission