Most composers are self-starters. It’s almost a genetic requirement to be entrepreneurial, if you want to be a composer. And if there were a patron saint for “indie” composers, Jennifer Higdon would be the one. It was no surprise, then, when I received a package from Lawdon Press (Higdon’s publishing shop) containing two items: a press kit (created by Deutsche Grammophon) for Hilary Hahn’s recording of Higdon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning concerto, and a letter signed by the composer, promoting her work.

Since hearing Higdon’s music years ago, I’ve been fond of her style and sound. This Violin Concerto is exciting, rich and colorful. Higdon relishes the lyrical and nimble qualities of Hahn’s playing.

I think you’ll come to like both Higdon and her music. Hahn’s performance of the concerto will air Tuesday at 1pm with Alan Brandt. Watch violinist and composer talk about the composing process below (click through for two more videos!).

Daniel Gilliam is Program Director and host