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BIOGRAPHY


BIOGRAPHY


 

BIOGRAPHY

25-year-old violinist William Hagen is the third-prize winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, making him the highest-ranking American since 1985. Already a seasoned international performer, William has been hailed as a “brilliant virtuoso…a standout” (The Dallas Morning News) with “an innate command of line and score, and just the right amount of power” (violinist.com).

His 2017-18 season features debuts with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra (HR Sinfonieorchester) conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and the Seattle Symphony directed by Pablo Rus Broseta, and return engagements with the Utah Symphony under the direction of Matthias Pintscher and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra led by Andrew Gourlay. He performs recitals with pianist Albert Cano Smit in Chicago, Aspen, Darmstadt, and at the University of Florida.

In the 2016-17 season, William performed with conductor Nicolas McGegan both at the Aspen Music Festival and with the Pasadena Symphony, made his debut with the Oregon Symphony under Carlos Kalmar, performed with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra in Beijing, and played recitals in Paris, Brussels, Virginia and at the Ravinia Festival. He played chamber music concerts with Steven Isserlis at Wigmore Hall in London, with Tabea Zimmermann at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, and in New York City with the Jupiter Chamber Players.

William’s 2015-16 season included his Tokyo recital debut, his debut at the Colmar Festival in France, and recitals in Los Angeles, Brussels, and several cities in Florida. He returned to the Utah Symphony at Deer Valley Music Festival and to the Aspen Music Festival, both as chamber musician and as soloist with conductor Ludovic Morlot, and appeared with the Sofia Philharmonic in Bulgaria and the Shreveport Symphony, among others. He also played chamber music with Gidon Kremer, Steven Isserlis, and Christian Tetzlaff at the “Chamber Music Connects the World” festival in Kronberg, Germany.

Since his debut with the Utah Symphony at age nine, William has performed with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Christian Arming, Placido Domingo, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Michel Tabachnik and Hugh Wolff, and with the symphony orchestras of Albany, Buffalo, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Oregon, Utah, and others. Abroad, he has performed with the Brussels Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the ORF Radio-Sinfonieorchester in Vienna, the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, and in Japan with the Yokohama Sinfonietta and the Sendai Philharmonic.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, William first heard the violin when he was 3 and began taking lessons at age 4 with Natalie Reed, followed by Deborah Moench. At age 10, he began studying with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he studied until the age of 17. After studying at the Juilliard School for two years with Itzhak Perlman, William returned to Los Angeles to continue studying with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory. He is currently enrolled at the Kronberg Academy in Germany, where he is a student of Christian Tetzlaff. William is an alumnus of the Verbier Academy in Switzerland, the Perlman Music Program, and the Aspen Music Festival, where he spent many summers. 

William performs on the 1735 “Sennhauser” Guarneri del Gesù, on generous loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

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"Impeccable timing, an intellectual command of line and score and just the right amount of power to push his cadenzas to the fore brought the audience to its feet: Hagen wore his heart on his sleeve and took many of us along to rejoice with him."

Violinist.com

 

 

 

MEDIA


"Impeccable timing, an intellectual command of line and score and just the right amount of power to push his cadenzas to the fore brought the audience to its feet: Hagen wore his heart on his sleeve and took many of us along to rejoice with him."

Violinist.com

 

 

 

MEDIA

 

VIDEOS

TCHAIKOVSKY
 VIOLIN CONCERTO

KORNGOLD
VIOLIN CONCERTO

Vaughn-Williams
The Lark Ascending

YSAYE
SONATA NO. 4

Debussy
Sonata in G Minor

 

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CONCERTS


"Even in an age when brilliant young violinists seem to grow on trees, Hagen...is a standout. He tossed off the most virtuosic passages of the Saint-Saëns with amazing precision, but he also made music...he always knew where the music was going and why."

Dallas Morning News

 

CONCERTS


"Even in an age when brilliant young violinists seem to grow on trees, Hagen...is a standout. He tossed off the most virtuosic passages of the Saint-Saëns with amazing precision, but he also made music...he always knew where the music was going and why."

Dallas Morning News

 

CONCERTS

October 1, 2018
Denver, Colorado
Recital with Orion Weiss
Music by Dvorák, Franck, Janáček, Schubert
DETAILS AND TICKETS

October 6, 2018
Oneonta, New York
Catskill Symphony and Charles Schneider, conductor
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor
DETAILS AND TICKETS

October 14, 2018
Kalispell, Montana
Glacier Symphony and John Zoltek, conductor
Korngold Violin Concerto
DETAILS AND TICKETS

October 22, 2018
New York City, New York
Jupiter Chamber Players
Music by Berwald, Melartin, and Sibelius
DETAILS AND TICKETS

November 3, 2018
Syracuse, New York
Symphoria and Lawrence Loh, conductor
Prokofiev Concerto No. 1
DETAILS AND TICKETS

November 17-18, 2018
Greenwich, Connecticut
Greenwich Symphony and David Gilbert, conductor
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor
DETAILS AND TICKETS

December 1, 2018
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago University Symphony Orchestra and Barbara Schubert, conductor
Prokofiev Concerto No. 1
DETAILS AND TICKETS

December 3, 2018
New York City, New York
Jupiter Chamber Players
Music by Brahms/Kirchner, Schubert, Schumann and Weigl
DETAILS AND TICKETS

January 18-19, 2019
Lubbock, Texas
Lubbock Symphony and Philip Mann, conductor
Mozart Concerto No. 4
DETAILS AND TICKETS

January 26, 2019
Abilene, Texas
Abilene Philharmonic and David Itkin, conductor
Brahms Concerto
DETAILS AND TICKETS

January 31, 2019
Bonn, Germany
Schubert Octet
DETAILS AND TICKETS

February 17, 2019
Salt Lake City, Utah
NOVA Chamber Series
Music by Debussy, Dvorák, and Norman
DETAILS AND TICKETS

April 6-7, 2019
Wichita Falls, Texas
Wichita Falls Symphony and Fouad Fakhouri, conductor
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor
DETAILS AND TICKETS

April 12-13, 2019
Austin, Texas
Austin Symphony and Peter Bay, conductor
Mozart Concerto No. 4
DETAILS AND TICKETS

April 21, 2019
Galveston, Texas
Galveston Symphony and Trond Saeverud, conductor
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole
DETAILS AND TICKETS

May 4, 2019
Tallahassee, Florida
Tallahassee Symphony and Darko Butorac
Korngold Violin Concerto
DETAILS AND TICKETS

May 9, 10, 12, 2019
Detroit, Michigan
Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Kensho Watanabe, conductor
Korngold Violin Concerto
DETAILS AND TICKETS

 

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CONTACT


 

"Here is a cultured reading of a demanding work (Tchaikovsky Concerto) that takes its own value beyond its technical difficulties."

Le Soir

 

 

CONTACT


 

"Here is a cultured reading of a demanding work (Tchaikovsky Concerto) that takes its own value beyond its technical difficulties."

Le Soir

 

 

CONTACT

John Zion, Managing Director
MKI Artists
One Lawson Lane, Suite 320
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 658-2592
john@mkiartists.com

William Hagen
I'd love to hear from you!
williamhagenviolin@gmail.com