Hilary Hahn

Masterly onstage and a webmaster on the Net, she's a virtuoso with a 21st century sensibility

Yes, classical-music whiz kids are as common as laid-off dotcom executives, but Hilary Hahn is no robotic virtuoso. Her tone is lean and sweet, her interpretations smart and unshowy; even the hardest-boiled prodigy-hating critics in the business go all mushy when she plays Bach, Beethoven, Barber and Bernstein. Wait, there's more. She has lovely, wide-set eyes and the figure of a ballerina. And she writes the liner notes for her CDs, as well as an online journal, hilaryhahn.com illustrated with photos that she takes herself. Next to her, even Haley Joel Osment looks like a chronic underachiever.

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