"a spine chilling recital, an almost hauntingly masterful display of technique and artistry"
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Viviane Hagner performs with the world’s great orchestras and as a committed chamber musician regularly appears at international festivals and venues. She is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Krzyzowa-Music in Poland. Concerto appearances include the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Staatskapelle, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia and Vienna Symphony, with conductors such as Ashkenazy, Barenboim, Chailly, Chung, Eschenbach, Nagano and Salonen. Hagner is an ardent advocate of new, neglected and undiscovered music; with Kent Nagano she gave the world premiere and recorded Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto.
Munich-born violinist Viviane Hagner has won exceptional praise for her highly intelligent musicality and passionate artistry. Since making her international debut at the age of 12, and a year later participating in the legendary ‘joint concert’ of the Israel and Berlin Philharmonics (conducted by Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv), Hagner has acquired a depth and maturity in her playing that is reflected in her serene stage presence and magnificent assurance.
Appearing with the world’s great orchestras, Hagner’s concerto appearances include the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra, working with conductors such as Ashkenazy, Barenboim, Eschenbach and Salonen as well as a Carnegie Hall appearance with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Following several visits to North America last season which included returning to the National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa for performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante alongside Pinchas Zukerman, this season she will be in residence in Vancouver performing Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto with Otto Tausk as well as chamber music and masterclasses. Highlights elsewhere include a tour of Italy with the Camerata Salzburg and a return to the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
As well as bringing insight and virtuosity to the central concerto repertoire, Hagner is an ardent advocate of new, neglected and undiscovered music, championing composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Witold Lutoslawski. Dedicatee of Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto, she gave the world premiere in 2002 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Kent Nagano, and has since given performances across Europe, the US and as far afield as Brazil. Hagner gave the Polish premiere last season with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and this season she returns to the George Enescu Festival to give the Romanian premiere with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra.
A committed chamber musician, Hagner regularly appears in concert halls such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels and the Zurich Tonhalle. Performing at festivals across the world, past invitations include the Ravello Festival, Salzburg Easter Festival and the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival.
On disc, the Hyperion label issued Hagner’s performances of Vieuxtemps Violin Concerti 4 & 5, whilst the Canadian company Analekta released her recording of Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Her performance of Christian Jost’s TiefenRausch conducted by the composer with the Essen Philharmonic was released by the Capriccio label to critical acclaim.
Hagner dedicates herself to outreach activities for audiences of all ages. She is a founder and Artistic Director of Krzyżowa-Music, an ambitious festival promoting the exchange of ideas and culture whilst allowing young and aspiring musicians the opportunity to rehearse and perform with internationally-acclaimed artists. Residing in Berlin where she grew up, she has been Professor at the Mannheim Conservatory of Music and Performing Arts since 2013.