Two Number Ones!
The riveting 26-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), and recently received the 1735 “Sennhauser” Guarneri del Gesú on a long-term loan from the Stradivari Society.
This week the popular Violin Channel has named William its VC Young Artist of the Week. You can see select videos of William performing here: https://theviolinchannel.com/violinist-vc-young-artist-william-hagen/
William’s 2018-19 season features performances with Carlos Kalmar, Peter Bay, Brett Mitchell, David Danzmayr, and Alexander Prior with the San Francisco Symphony. A native of Salt Lake City, William began taking violin lessons at age 4. A graduate of The Juilliard School and The Colburn School, where he studied with Itzhak Perlman and Robert Lipsett, William is currently a student of Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy.
Another extraordinary violinist, Rachel Barton Pine, was honored by Norman Lebrecht with “Album of the Week” on November 24th on his blog Slipped Disc (http://bit.ly/bluesdialogues). Rachel recently released her album Blues Dialogues on Cedille Records as part of her Music By Black Composers project, in partnership with the Sphinx Organization, Center for Black Music Research, American String Teachers Association, and others. Blues Dialogues, an album of classical works written by 20th- and 21st-century composers of African descent, marks the beginning of Rachel’s efforts to popularize little-known Black composers.