For our Grand Finale at the end of March 2015 we are delighted to welcome back to Hartlepool the superb violinist Viviane Hagner who a few years ago gave us one of the most memorable concerts the Society has ever had. Not to be missed!
Born in Munich, violinist Viviane Hagner has won exceptional praise for her highly intelligent musicality and passionate artistry. Ms. Hagner performs with "poise and magnificent assurance" ( The Times /London) and "an almost hauntingly masterful display of technique and artistry" ( Washington Post ). As a musician of tremendous depth and integrity, Ms. Hagner has championed new works by Unsuk Chin and Simon Holt, while breathing new life into a diverse and vast range of repertoire. Bringing her own unique sensibility to performances, she has proven herself an artist of effortless virtuosity on the stages of the greatest concert halls in the world. Her engagements and reengagements continue to highlight her demand as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator.
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 - Viviane Hagner has become known for her substantial and beautiful sound as well as her thoughtful interpretations. She has appeared with the world's great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Pittsburgh Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic and Philharmonia, in partnership with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Ricardo Chailly, Pinchas Zukerman, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph Eschenbach, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons and David Zinman. Recent concert highlights include engagements with the Montreal, Vancouver, San Diego, Vienna, Lahti and Singapore Symphonies, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic performing Unsuk Chin's Violin Concerto, Tonkünstler Orchestra and a European tour with the Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra (NSO).
This season's engagements include performances at the Ravello Festival with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and conductor James Gaffigan, Berlin Deutsches Symphonie Orchester with Kent Nagano performing the Berg Chamber Concerto, Orchesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León with Masaaki Suzuki, Nürnberger Symphoniker with Alexander Shelley, a Gala performance with Itzhak Perlman at the National Arts Centre Orchestra and additional performances with the orchestra in spring 2015 in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Pinchas Zukerman.
A committed chamber musician, Viviane Hagner has been a featured artist at renowned American and international festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Festspiele Mecklenberg-Vorpommern, Salzburg Easter Festival, Marlboro, Ravinia, Santa Fe and Mostly Mozart; and has appeared at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Barcelona's Palau de la Musica, Berlin Konzerthaus, Köln Philharmonie, London's Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls and New York's 92nd Street Y.
As well as bringing insight and virtuosity to the core concerto repertoire, Viviane Hagner is an ardent advocate of new, neglected and undiscovered music. She has championed works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Witold Lutoslawski. In 2002 she gave the world premiere of Unsuk Chin's Violin Concerto with the Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin and Kent Nagano, later playing the work in the United States - an event which prompted The San Francisco Chronicle to rave her performance was "vibrant, warm-toned and jaw-droppingly precise [and] may well be unimprovable." After her 2006 premiere of Simon Holt's new Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra led by Jonathan Nott, The Sunday Times critic remarked she "caught the music's soul."
The Hyperion label has issued her performances of the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerti 4 & 5 and the Canadian company Analekta has recently released her recording of Unsuk Chin's Violin Concerto with Kent Nagano and the Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal. Her first solo recording on the Altara label features works by Bartók, Hartmann and Bach.
Ms. Hagner was a 2000 winner of the Young Concert Artists International auditions and in 2004 was awarded the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.
"Viviane Hagner's reading of the Andante [of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto] was a picture of melting beauty, and in the fast outer movements she played with the kind of virtuosity that makes things sound easier than they are." The New York Times