Augustin Hadelich
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“The essence of Hadelich’s playing is beauty: reveling in the myriad ways of making a phrase come alive on the violin, delivering the musical message with no technical impediments whatsoever, and thereby revealing something from a plane beyond ours.”




Augustin Hadelich is one of the great violinists of our time. Often referred to by colleagues as a musician's musician, he is consistently cited worldwide for his phenomenal technique, soulful approach, and insightful interpretations. 


Highlights of Mr. Hadelich’s 2022/23 season include return engagements with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony, as well as the U.S. premiere of a new violin concerto written for him by Irish composer, Donnacha Dennehy, to be performed by the Oregon Symphony this fall. He will be Artist-in-residence with the WDR Symphony Orchestra/Cologne, which includes a tour of major summer festivals, including the Proms/London. Mr. Hadelich will also make his debut with the Sydney Symphony in Australia, play a European tour with the Bergen Philharmonic, and perform with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Toronto and Vienna, as well as the Danish National Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestra.


Augustin Hadelich has appeared with every major American orchestra, including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and the Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo (OSESP) in Brazil, among many others. 


Beyond the Americas, Mr. Hadelich has created an impressive presence on multiple continents. Recent appearances in Europe, the UK, and Scandinavia, include the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra/Munich, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteumorchester, London Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Warsaw Philharmonic, the radio orchestras of Berlin, Finland, Frankfurt, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, and Cologne, as well as numerous recitals. Beyond Europe, he has also performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, NHK Symphony/Tokyo, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. 


Mr. Hadelich has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Thomas Adès, Marin Alsop, Stefan Asbury, Herbert Blomstedt, Ryan Bancroft, Karina Canellakis, Nicholas Collon, Thomas Dausgaard, Stéphane Denève, Thierry Fischer, Edward Gardner, Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Gimeno, Hans Graf, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Manfred Honeck, Jakub Hrůša, Carlos Kalmar, Louis Langrée, Hannu Lintu, Cristian Măcelaru, Klaus Mäkelä, Joana Mallwitz, Jun Märkl, Juanjo Mena, Ludovic Morlot, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, Carlos Miguel Prieto, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Sanderling, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leonard Slatkin, Lahav Shani, John Storgårds, Nathalie Stutzmann, Krzysztof Urbański, Juraj Valčuha, Osmo Vänskä, Edo de Waart, and Jaap van Zweden, among others. 


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 Warner Classics Artist, his most recent release is “Recuerdos”, a Spain-themed album featuring works by Sarasate, Tarrega, Prokofiev and Britten with the WDR Orchestra Cologne and Cristian Macelaru. Writing about his Grammy-nominated 2021 release of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany’s most prestigious newspapers, boldly stated: “Augustin Hadelich is one of the most exciting violinists in the world. This album is a total success.” Other CDs for Warner Classics include Paganini’s 24 Caprices (2018); the Brahms and Ligeti violin concertos with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under Miguel Harth-Bedoya (2019); and the Grammy-nominated “Bohemian Tales”, which includes the Dvořák Violin Concerto with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra conducted by Jakub Hrůša (2020).


Born in Italy, the son of German parents, Augustin Hadelich is now an American citizen. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Joel Smirnoff. Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, other distinctions include an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2009); a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in the UK (2011); the Warner Music Prize (2015); a Grammy Award (2016); an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in the UK (2017); and Musical America’s "Instrumentalist of the Year" (2018).


Augustin Hadelich is on the violin faculty of the Yale School of Music at Yale University. He plays the violin "Leduc, ex-Szeryng" by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù of 1744, generously loaned by a patron through the Tarisio Trust.

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