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First Violin

Violinist Augustin Hadelich was born to German parents in Italy in 1984; he is now an American citizen. He holds an artist diploma from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Joel Smirnoff.  Mr. Hadelich first came to international recognition when he was named Gold Medalist of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Since then, his honors have included an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2011, Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award in 2012, and the inaugural Warner Music Prize in 2015. In December, he will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in the UK.

Among the highlights of Mr. Hadelich’s 2017-18 season is a return engagement with the Boston Symphony conducted by Thomas Adès for Ligeti’s Violin Concerto, featuring a new cadenza by Mr. Adès. Other engagements this season include performances with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Saint Louis, and Utah. Abroad, Mr. Hadelich performs with the Seoul Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Orchestra, Lahti Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León.  

Recent and upcoming worldwide performances include appearances with the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony (where he was 2015-16 artist-in-residence), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, Mozerteum Orchestra Salzburg, Netherlands Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, NHK Symphony, São Paulo Symphony, and the radio orchestras of Cologne, Frankfurt, Saarbrücken, and Stuttgart.

Mr. Hadelich received a 2016 Grammy award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his recording of Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto, L’arbre des songes with the Seattle Symphony. His next release will be a disc of the complete Paganini Caprices for Warner Classics. Recent discs include live recordings of violin works by Tchaikovsky and Lalo with the London Philharmonic on the LPO label and an album of duo works for violin and piano on AVIE with Joyce Yang. Previous recordings on the AVIE label include Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the violin concertos of Sibelius and Adès with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, nominated for a Gramophone Award.

Mr. Hadelich plays the 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivari violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2013.

(September 2017)