Augustin Hadelich
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“... the performance of Ligeti's Violin concerto was a real revelation ... the score is enormously complex and punishingly difficult to perform. It's also music that has to be experienced live to fully absorb its astonishing colors. On Thursday night, the gifted young violinist Augustin Hadelich tore into the work with all the expressive intensity he might have brought to the Brahms Concerto ... Hadelich's account was explosive.


Boston Symphony Orchestra






Musical America's "2018 Instrumentalist of the Year," Augustin Hadelich has firmly 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. Showcasing a wide-ranging and adventurous repertoire, he is consistently cited for his phenomenal technique, soulful approach, and beauty of tone.


One highlight of Mr. Hadelich’s 2017/2018 season – his return to the Boston Symphony, playing the Ligeti Concerto with Thomas Adès on the podium – was, in the words of The Boston Globe, "a real revelation ... Hadelich's account was explosive." For this performance, he played the world premiere of Adès's new cadenza for the concerto. Additional highlights this season have included performances with the San Francisco Symphony, as well as the symphony orchestras of Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Oregon, Seattle, St. Louis, and Utah. Upcoming performances include Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, and Pittsburgh. Abroad, Mr. Hadelich has played with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Orchestra, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra; remaining performances this season include the Lahti Symphony/Finland, The Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León/Spain.


Summer 2018 appearances will include return engagements in Aspen, Bravo! Vail, and the Colorado Music Festival. Other recent festival appearances include last year's solo debut at the Grand Teton Music Festival, his 2016 debut at the BBC Proms, as well as performances with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood and the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom. Mr. Hadelich has also performed at Britt, Chautauqua (where he made his U.S. orchestral debut in 2001), 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 international performances are the BBC Philharmonic/Manchester, BBC Symphony/London, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (where he was the 2015/2016 artist-in-residence), Concertgebouw Orchestra/Amsterdam, Danish National Symphony, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchestra/Salzburg, Munich Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, 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, Stefan Asbury, Herbert Blomstedt, Andrey Boreyko, James Conlon, Christoph von Dohnányi, Thierry Fischer, Alan Gilbert, Hans Graf,  Giancarlo Guerrero, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Manfred Honeck, Jakub Hruša, Carlos Kalmar, Hannu Lintu, Andrew Litton, Cristian Macelaru, Jun Märkl, 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 Urbanski, Gilbert Varga, Edo de Waart, and Jaap van Zweden, among others.


An active recitalist, Mr. 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.


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, Mr. Hadelich's newest disc – the complete Paganini Caprices for Warner Classics – was released in January. 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.


Mr. 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); an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in the UK (2017); and Musical America's "2018 Instrumentalist of the Year."


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. Mr. Hadelich plays the 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivari violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

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