Bobby Hawk was raised in a small Illinois town. He was introduced to music at an early age by his multi-instrumentalist father, who would bring him to gigs throughout the region. He began attending Mark O’Connor’s fiddle camps and festivals throughout the Midwest, where he met musicians like Casey Driessen and Noam Pikelny. “They opened me up to what was possible because they were so virtuosic at such a young age too,” Bobby said.
For the past 20 years, Bobby has had a New York City-based professional career playing with world class musicians in jazz, bluegrass, rock/pop and country bands. His performances have taken him to China, Holland, France, Germany, Denmark, Austria, and across the US.
Highlights include performing with: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Abigail Washburn, Clay Ross, Jayme Stone, Jacob Jolliff Band, Loudon Wainwright III, Mark Guiliana, Jeff Taylor and more.
Bobby has recently been heavily involved in recording with chart-topping pop artists in the US. He is most recognized for playing violin on Grammy-award winning album folklore, by Taylor Swift. He has also recorded for Clairo, Lorde, Diana Ross, Bleachers, Phosphorescent, Florence and the Machine, The 1975 and more.
Bobby's favorite instrument is his 5 string violin designed by Welsh maker Tim Phillips. His philosophy is to work hard, allow room for creativity, and be a good person.
He's half of the band Hawktagon, a new venture featuring indie rock grooves with a touch of folk. Stay tuned for more on this!
Bobby Hawk has a rival nemesis named Robert Hecht (OK fine... it's just what his family and close friends know him as).