At age 30, violinist Hilary Hahn is already a performance veteran with nearly two decades of experience. She's also a product of her generation, which grew up in the Internet age, and she's a proficient user of technology.
While orchestra administrators everywhere are wringing their hands over how to interest young listeners in classical music, Hahn is doing it by speaking their language. Little wonder that she has thousands of young fans who interact with her via technology.
It all started 14 years ago with snail-mail postcards that the 16-year-old Hahn sent to an elementary-school class in upstate New York when she was a globe-trotting teenage concert artist. That evolved into a digital journal that she continues to update with information about where she is, what she's playing, whom she's meeting and what she's thinking.