Niccolò Paganini (1782 – 1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was one of the most celebrated violin virtuosi of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His Caprice No. 24 in A minor, Op. 1, is among the best known of his compositions, and has served as an inspiration for many prominent composers.
Hilary Hahn resting with violin. Photograph by Peter Miller. Hahn, 31, has made her career by straddling core concerto and recital repertoire with modern repertoire. She won her first Grammy in 2001 with a recording of Brahms and Stravinsky concertos with Neville Marriner and Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Another Grammy followed in 2008 with Schoenberg and Sibelius concertos with the Swedish Radio Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting.