Over the last year, our own Contributing Writer Tia Shah, has been writing an amazing column about trailblazing girls throughout history. This new Incredible Girls column is in that vein, only this column is about contemporary girls under the age of 25 who are doing awe-inspiring and significant things in the world. Every Friday in 2019, we are going to post a column detailing the life of an Incredible Girl and why you should know about her. Read on for a glimpse into the life of violin prodigy, Pilar Hill.
13-year-old Pilar Hill was six years old when she first picked up a violin, and it changed her life forever. The Brooklyn native saw a poster of a violinist in concert at Lincoln Center, and told Teen Vogue that it “just sparked something inside” her, and she had to play. She thought orchestras and musicians were magical, and wanted to be up on stage with them.
Almost 8 years later, Pilar is traveling the world with her violin, studying at Juilliard’s pre-college program (in her 5th year) and spends anywhere from six to eight hours a day practicing. Teen Vogue reported that the young violinist was passionate about being a positive example, particularly for young black girls who don’t often see themselves represented in classical music.
In addition to her violin studies and performances, Pilar said that she also enjoys writing, and is in talks to potentially publish a children’s book in the future. She has some upcoming performances in London on the horizon, and I can’t wait to hear more of her amazing music and talent.
Check out this incredible video of Pilar playing at Lincoln Center last year for a Women in the World summit.
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