The riveting 23-year-old American violinist William Hagen was the third-prize winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, making him the highest-ranking American since 1980. Already a seasoned international performer, William has been hailed as a “brilliant virtuoso…a standout” (The Dallas Morning News) with “an intellectual command of line and score, and just the right amount of power” (violinist.com). He recently received the 1735 “Sennhauser” Guarneri del Gesú on a long-term loan from the Stradivari Society.
His 2017-18 season features performances of Korngold with Christoph Eschenbach and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Saint-Saens and Ravel with Matthias Pintscher and the Utah Symphony, Brahms with Andrew Gourlay and the Fort Worth Symphony, and Prokofiev No. 1 with Pablo Rus Broseta and the Seattle Symphony. He performs recitals with pianist Albert Cano Smit for the Aspen Music Festival and the University of Florida. He also performs chamber at the Kronberg Academy and with the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York.
His 2016-17 season included concerto appearances with conductors Carlos Kalmar and Nicholas McGegan with the Pasadena Symphony, Oregon Symphony, with recitals in Los Angeles, Brussels, Kronberg, Virginia, and at the Ravinia Festival. He also performed chamber music with Steven Isserlis, Tabea Zimmerman, and others at the Wigmore Hall and the Beijing Chamber Music Festival, and as part of the Beethoven Week in Bonn.
William’s 2015–16 season included his Tokyo recital debut along with his Bulgarian debut with the Sofia Philharmonic and performances with Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, and Steven Isserlis. He appeared as a soloist with the Jacksonville and Shreveport Symphony Orchestras, among others. During the summer of 2016, William made his recital debut at the Colmar Festival (France) and returned to the Utah Symphony (Deer Valley Music Festival) and the Aspen Music Festival where he performed both as chamber musician and soloist with the Aspen Philharmonic conducted by Ludovic Morlot.
Since his professional debut at age nine with the Utah Symphony, with Keith Lockhart conducting, William has performed with conductors Marin Alsop, Christian Arming, Placido Domingo, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Fabio Mechetti, Ward Stare, Michel Tabachnik, Arie van Beek, and Hugh Wolff; and with the symphony orchestras of Albany, Buffalo, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Utah, and with the Aspen Philharmonic at the Aspen Music Festival. Abroad, he has performed with the Brussels Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the ORF Radio-Sinfonieorchester and with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liege in a tour of Belgium. He has also performed in Japan with the Yokohama Sinfonietta and the Sendai Philharmonic.
Active and enthusiastic as a chamber musician, William has performed on the Colburn Chamber Music Society series and at the Aspen Music Festival with artists such as Veronika Eberle, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Edgar Meyer, Steven Osborne, Menahem Pressler, Orli Shaham, Robert Spano, and Joaquin Valdepeñas.
A native of Utah, William first heard the violin at the age of 3 and began lessons at 4. At age 10 he entered the studio of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, commuting to Los Angeles every week for lessons. After studying with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School for two years, William returned to Los Angeles in 2012 to continue studying with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. He is an alumnus of the Verbier Academy and the Perlman Music Program, and spent many summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
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