HILAN WARSHAW is an Emmy-nominated director and writer. His films include THROUGH THE DARKNESS (broadcast on ORF, SVT, YLE, and Medici TV); SECRET SONG (SVT, Medici TV, PBS-AllArts, Allegro HD, EuroArts); WAGNER’S JEWS (WDR/ARTE, PBS-WNET, Israel’s Channel 8 and others); IN THE KEY OF BACH (PBS-Georgia Public Broadcasting); MY BOLERO (PBS-GPB), TWO SPRINGS (SVT), and the forthcoming MAHLER IN NEW YORK (SVT) and HONORABLE MR. MORGENTHAU. Hilan is also currently developing a feature screenplay, and has been video director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since autumn 2020, directing acclaimed 4K multi-camera concert captures released on-demand and broadcast on local NBC and PBS. He is also the writer/host/producer of Piece by Piece, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s video series exploring great music past and present. He is a Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellow and has served as an International Emmy Awards juror.
Alongside his film and television work, he has been a lecturer and panelist at venues including London’s Barbican Centre, Stockholm’s Royal Academy of Arts, Yale University, Columbia University, Boston University, NYU’s Deutsches Haus, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Minnesota Opera, Wagner Society of New York, and the Morgan Library & Museum, among many others. He has taught film courses at Barnard College and Western Carolina University, and his essays on film and music have been published in anthologies from Cambridge University Press, McFarland Press, and Königshausen & Neumann, and in periodicals including The Wagner Journal and The New York Times (letters on the opinion page). His other commissioned and published writing includes librettos for musical works by Dalit Warshaw and Lera Auerbach.
He holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. An experienced violinist and conductor, he studied orchestral conducting at Mannes College of Music and the Aspen Music School.