“Technically, there was no feat he couldn’t master, and he did it all with effortless beauty and pristine intonation.”
— Cincinnati Enquirer
|Johann Sebastian Bach||Partita no. 3 E Major|
|Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson||Blue/s Forms|
|Eugène Ysaÿe||Sonata no. 2 (“Obsession”)|
|Johann Sebastian Bach||Partita no. 2 in D minor|
Augustin Hadelich is one of the great violinists of our time. From Bach to Brahms, from Bartók to Adès, he has mastered a wide-ranging and adventurous repertoire. He is often referred to by colleagues as a musician’s musician. Named Musical America’s 2018 “Instrumentalist of the Year,” he is consistently cited worldwide for his phenomenal technique, soulful approach, and insightful interpretations.
Mr. Hadelich’s 2020/21 season culminated in performances with the San Francisco Symphony of the Brahms Violin Concerto, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. These were the first performances played by the full ensemble to a live audience in Davies Hall in 15 months. Starting off Mr. Hadelich’s 2021/22 season will be his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, playing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with Gustavo Gimeno on the podium. Shortly thereafter, he will perform with the South Netherlands Symphony Orchestra the premiere of a new violin concerto written for him by Irish composer, Donnacha Dennehy.
Another first for Mr. Hadelich, he will open the Houston Symphony Orchestra’s 2021/22 season, without conductor, playing the Bach Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe, the Shostakovich Violin Sonata, transcribed for Violin Solo, Strings, and Percussion, and Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges’s Violin Concerto Op. 5, No. 2. He will also appear in a return engagement with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall in the spring.
Augustin Hadelich has appeared with every major orchestra in North America, including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony. His worldwide presence has been rapidly rising, with recent appearances with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra/Munich, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Danish National, Orquesta Nacional de España, Oslo Philharmonic, São Paulo Symphony, the radio orchestras of Finland, Frankfurt, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, and Cologne, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Engagements in the Far East include the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, NHK Symphony (Tokyo), and a tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Hadelich has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Thomas Adès, Marin Alsop, Stefan Asbury, Herbert Blomstedt, Karina Canellakis, Thomas Dausgaard, Stéphane Denève, Thierry Fischer, Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Gimeno, Hans Graf, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Manfred Honeck, Jakub Hrůša, Carlos Kalmar, Louis Langrée, Hannu Lintu, Cristian Măcelaru, Klaus Mäkelä, 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, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leonard Slatkin, Lahav Shani, John Storgårds, Nathalie Stutzman, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Krzysztof Urbański, 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 a double CD of the Six Solo Sonatas and Partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach. One of Germany’s most prestigious newspapers, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, boldly stated: “Augustin Hadelich is one of the most exciting violinists in the world. This album is a total success.” A long and stellar review follows these opening comments. 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 Bohemian Tales, including the Dvořák Violin Concerto with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra conducted by Jakub Hrůša (2020). He has also recorded discs of the violin concertos of Tchaikovsky and Lalo (Symphonie espagnole) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on the LPO label (2017), and a series of releases on the AVIE label, including a CD of the violin concertos by Jean Sibelius and Thomas Adès (Concentric Paths), with Hannu Lintu conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (2014). This disc was nominated for a Gramophone Award and listed by NPR as one of their Top 10 Classical CDs 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. After winning the Gold Medal at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, concerto and recital appearances on many of the world’s top stages quickly followed. Among his other distinctions are an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2009); a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in the UK (2011); the inaugural Warner Music Prize (2015); a Grammy Award (2016); as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in the UK (2017).
Augustin Hadelich plays the violin “Leduc, ex-Szeryng” by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù of 1744, generously loaned by a patron through the Tarisio Trust.