Munich-born violinist Viviane Hagner has won exceptional praise for her highly intelligent musicality performing with "poise and magnificent assurance" (The Times/London) and "an almost hauntingly masterful display of technique and artistry" (Washington Post). A musician of tremendous depth and integrity, Ms. Hagner has championed new works by prominent contemporary composers such as Unsuk Chin and Simon Holt expanding her vast range of diverse repertoire. Bringing her own unique sensibility to performances, she has proven herself an artist of effortless virtuosity on the world’s greatest concert stages and remains in high demand as orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber music collaborator.
Since making her international debut at the age of twelve - and a year later participating in the legendary joint concert of the Israel and Berlin Philharmonics, conducted by Zubin Mehta - Hagner has become known for her intelligent interpretations and gorgeous, substantive sound. She has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Munich Philharmonic and Philharmonia, in collaboration with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Ricardo Chailly, Pinchas Zukerman, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, and David Zinman.
Hagner’s impressive 2019-2020 season takes her across Europe and North America to perform an exciting array of orchestral and recital repertoire in both major concert halls and intimate spaces. She opens the season with Utah Symphony performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with principal violist Brent Bayless under Thierry Fischer’s baton. Other orchestral engagements include performances of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D minor with Deutschen Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg, Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Seoul Philharmonic and conductor Markus Stenz, and Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto with the Vancouver Symphony led by Otto Tausk. In February, Hagner embarks on a tour of Italy with Camerata Salzburg where she will play Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 and Schubert’s Rondo in A major in such major concert halls as the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and Teatro Communale di Modena. As a chamber musician, Hagner appears this season at the Lammermuir Festival and Villa Music, as well as in recital with Nicole Hagner in Winnenden.
Known for her commitment to chamber music, Hagner is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Krzyżowa Music Festival, a European chamber music festival currently in its fifth season. This season Hagner takes the festival on a late-summer tour to Poland and Germany stopping at the Berlin Konzerthaus, Festspiele Mecklenberg-Vorpommern, and Beethovenfest Bonn. She has been a featured artist at renowned American and international festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Salzburg Easter Festival, Marlboro, Ravinia, Santa Fe and Mostly Mozart, and has appeared at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Barcelona's Palau de la Musica, Köln Philharmonie, London's Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls, and New York's 92nd Street Y.
In addition to bringing new life to the core concerto repertoire, Hagner ardently promotes and performs new, neglected, and undiscovered music. She has championed works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, and Witold Lutoslawski. In 2002, she gave the world premiere of Unsuk Chin's Violin Concerto with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Kent Nagano; a later performance of the work in Berkeley was praised by The San Francisco Chronicle as "vibrant, warm-toned and jaw-droppingly precise and […] unimprovable." More recently, Hagner gave the Asian premiere of Anders Hillborg’s second violin concerto with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hagner’s performances of the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerti 4 and 5 have been released by Hyperion and her recording of Unsuk Chin's Violin Concerto with Kent Nagano and the Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal by Analekta. Her first solo recording on the Altara label features unaccompanied violin works by Bartók, Hartmann, and Bach.
Viviane Hagner was a winner of the 2000 Young Concert Artists International auditions and is an alumna of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).
"Viviane Hagner's reading of the Andante [of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto] was a picture of melting beauty, and in the fast outer movements she played with the kind of virtuosity that makes things sound easier than they are."
—The New York Times
“[Hagner] delivered an honest-to-goodness interpretation, and a gutsy one at that, a perfect storm of passion, power and technical wizardry."
—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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