ViolinAugustin Hadelich
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"Here is a young artist with no evident limitations."

The New Yorker
8 / 31


Augustin Hadelich has established himself as one of the great violinists of today. He has performed with every major orchestra in the U.S., many on numerous occasions, as well as an ever-growing number of major orchestras in the UK, Europe, and the Far East. He is consistently cited for his phenomenal technique, poetic sensitivity, and gorgeous tone.

One highlight of his 2017/2018 season will be a return to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, playing the Ligeti Concerto with Thomas Adès on the podium. For this performance, he will play the U.S. premiere of Adès' new cadenza for the concerto. Additional highlights include performances with the San Francisco Symphony, as well as the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Detroit, Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Seattle, St. Louis, and Utah. Abroad, Augustin Hadelich will play with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León/Spain.


Summer appearances include return engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood and the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, in addition to appearances at the music festivals in Aspen, Bravo! Vail, Britt, Chautauqua, Grand Teton, Eastern, Marlboro, Sun Valley, and the Hollywood Bowl. Recent summer engagements in Germany have included the Rheingau Musik Festival and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Among recent and upcoming international performances are the BBC Philharmonic/Manchester, BBC Symphony Orchestra/London, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (where he was the 2015/2016 artist-in-residence), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Amsterdam, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Hong Kong Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Münchner Philharmoniker, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, NHK Symphony/Tokyo, São Paulo Symphony, and the radio orchestras of Cologne, Frankfurt, Saarbrücken, and Stuttgart.

Augustin Hadelich has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Roberto Abbado, Thomas Adès, Marc Albrecht, Marin Alsop, Herbert Blomstedt, James Conlon, Christoph von Dohnányi, Thierry Fischer, the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Alan Gilbert, Hans Graf, Giancarlo Guerrero, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Manfred Honeck, Jakub Hruša, Carlos Kalmar, Hannu Lintu, Andrew Litton, Cristian Macelaru, Jun Märkl, the late Sir Neville Marriner, Fabio Mechetti, Juanjo Mena, Ludovic Morlot, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Lahav Shani, John Storgårds, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Krzysztof Urbański, Gilbert Varga, Edo de Waart, and Jaap van Zweden, among others.

An active recitalist, Augustin Hadelich’s numerous engagements include appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw/Amsterdam, The Frick Collection/New York, Kennedy Center/Washington, Kioi Hall/Tokyo, the Louvre, and the Wigmore Hall/London. His chamber music partners have included Inon Barnatan, Jeremy Denk, James Ehnes, Alban Gerhardt, Richard Goode, Gary Hoffman, Kim Kashkashian, Robert Kulek, Cho-Liang Lin, Midori, Charles Owen, Vadim Repin, Mitsuko Uchida, Joyce Yang, and members of the Guarneri and Juilliard quartets. In summer 2017 he appeared in Portugal and in Aspen with colleagues Martin Helmchen, piano, and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, cello, as the “H³ Trio.”

Augustin Hadelich is the winner of a 2016 Grammy Award – “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” – for his recording of Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto, L’arbre des songes, with the Seattle Symphony under Ludovic Morlot (Seattle Symphony MEDIA). A prolific recording artist, his new disc of the complete Paganini Caprices for Warner Classics will be released in early 2018. Other recent discs include live recordings of the violin concertos by Tchaikovsky and Lalo (Symphonie espagnole) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on the LPO label (2017), and an album of duo works for violin and piano on AVIE in collaboration with Joyce Yang (2016). Previous recordings on the AVIE label include the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and Bartók’s Concerto No. 2 with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under Miguel Harth-Bedoya (2015), and the violin concertos of Jean Sibelius and Thomas Adès (Concentric Paths) with Hannu Lintu conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (2014), nominated for a Gramophone Award and listed by NPR on their Top 10 Classical CDs of 2014.

Augustin Hadelich’s career took off when he was named Gold Medalist of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Since then, he has garnered an impressive list of honors, including an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2009); a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in the UK (2011); Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award (2012); the inaugural Warner Music Prize (2015); a Grammy Award (2016); and in December, he will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in the UK.

Born in Italy, the son of German parents, Augustin Hadelich is now an American citizen. He holds an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Joel Smirnoff. He plays the 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivari violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

SEASON 2017/2018


“So selbstbewusst und flott wie Hadelich muss man das Mendelssohn-Konzert spielen: Nur wenn die Höhen so sicher stehen und alles natürlich fließt, stellen sich Geigen-Glücksgefühle beim Hörer ein.”

Spiegel Online, Werner Theurich, 25.07.2015

“Hadelich spielt das [2. Violinkonzert von Béla Bartók] mit ungewohnt ernsthafter Leichtigkeit, mit verhaltener Wehmut und, um es altmodisch zu sagen, reiner Empfindung. So kommt er dem Charakter und der Idee des Stückes wieder nah. [...] Kein Zweifel, dieser Geiger ist ein echter Musiker.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Harald Eggebrecht, 16.07.2015

“Espressivo von heute. Sein [Adès'] Violinkonzert ‚Concentric Paths‘ von 2005 öffnet expressivem Melos dunkle Klangräume. Diese nutzt der junge Geiger Augustin Hadelich ohne Scheu: Silberrund wie eine Schlangenglieder-Schmuckkette schmiegt sich sein Ton um die Orchesterkonturen.”

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 18.07.2014

“Der Zauberer. Es ist schön, erregend schön. Klar, rein, intensiv. Weil es den Schmerz zulässt, aber nicht ausstellt. Hier ist Leidenschaft, die sich der Seele öffnet und nicht nur so tut. Die Stimme der Geige ist die Stimme des Künstlers, der jenseits von Eitelkeiten mit sprechender Gestik weiträumig, feine, dramatische und lyrisch, waghalsige und immer klug-wahre Geschichten erzählt. Augustin Hadelich hat enorme rhetorische Fähigkeiten und eine bildhafte Vorstellungswelt.”

Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Jürgen Holwein, 15.03.2014

“Violinist Hadelich delivers jaw-dropping Ligeti concerto.”

Pioneer Press (Minneapolis/St. Paul), Rob Hubbard, 13.01.2012

“The programme is ingeniously topped and tailed by the solo sonatas of Bartok and Bernd Alois Zimmermann. Hadelich plays each with supreme confidence, the colours vivid, his bow control as impeccable as his intonation, the overall shaping always convincing, the direction and balance of line always clear. Between these great columns, he immerses himself in three of Paganini’s 24 Caprices and in the third and fifth solo sonatas of Ysaÿe, proving that he is both a virtuoso violinist and a deeply thoughtful one.”

The Sunday Times, 14.02.2010

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PaganiniAugustin Hadelich plays the 24 Caprices of PaganiniJan. 2018, Warner Classics (Warner), CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto - Lalo: Symphonie espagnoleAugustin Hadelich playing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.Feb. 2017, LPO, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Recital CD with Joyce YangWorks by Franck, Kurtág, Previn, SchumannNov. 2016, Avie Records, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
DutilleuxGRAMMY 2016 “Best Classical Instrumental Solo”Aug. 2016, Seattle Symphony Media, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Bartók & Mendelssohn: Violin ConcertosAugustin playing with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya.Jul. 2015, Avie (Edel), CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Sibelius and Adès violin concertosAugustin Hadelich (violin), Hannu Lintu (conductor), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic OrchestraMar. 2014, Avie Records, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Histoire du TangoAugustin Hadelich (violin) and Pablo Sáinz Villegas (guitar) with works by Piazzolla, de Falla, Paganini and SarasateMar. 2013, AVIE, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Echoes of ParisAugustin Hadelich with works for violin and piano by Debussy, Poulenc, Stravinsky and ProkofievMar. 2011, AVIE, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Flying SoloAugustin Hadelich with works for solo violin by Bartok, Paganini, Ysaye and B.A. ZimmermannSep. 2009, AVIE, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Telemann: Twelve Fantasies for Violin SoloAugustin Hadlich plays solo works for violin by TelemannMar. 2009, Naxos, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Haydn: Violin concertosAugustin Hadelich plays Haydn's Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 3 & 4 with the Cologne Chamber OrchestraJan. 2007, Naxos, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon