Millennial Music Makers: String Playing in the 21st Century
A state-of-the-arts report
The concert drew as many ball gowns as it did pairs of leather pants and succeeded in illustrating the kind of crossover audience for which most contemporary musicians dream.
This type of innovation is winning fans even among string players usually associated with more mainstream settings. Violinist Hilary Hahn says the 21st century is an exciting time for musicians and presents a music scene that is constantly expanding and reinventing itself. “Anyone can access music from anywhere in the world,” she says, referring to the Internet, online radio, and various downloadable shareware programs that now exist and continue to multiply.
“Composers can draw from these influences. It can only be for the good. The more curious [audiences] are, the more they are going to listen to things.”