Augustin Hadelich, Biography
Augustin Hadelich (German-American, born April 4, 1984) is
classical violinist. He was the Gold medalist at the 2006 International Violin
Competition of Indianapolis, has performed with many of the world's major
orchestras and recorded 6 CDs under Avie and Naxos label. He was born in Italy
and lives in New York since 2004.
Childhood and Youth
Augustin Hadelich is the son of German parents and was born
and raised in Italy. He started playing the violin at the age of 5. His two
older brothers were already playing cello and piano at the time. Augustin
Hadelich's early teachers included his father, as well as Uto Ughi, Christoph
Poppen, Igor Ozim, and Norbert Brainin. He holds a diploma (summa cum laude)
from the Istituto Mascagni in Livorno, Italy, as well as a Graduate Diploma and
an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Joel
In 1999, when Augustin Hadelich was fifteen years old, a
fire on his family's farm in Italy severely burned his upper body. He stopped
playing for almost a year and started to perform again in 2001.
Adult Life of Hadelich
Since 2004 at age 20, Augustin Hadelich lives in New York City. He became an American Citizen in 2014.
Hadelich was the Gold medalist at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, received the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2011, and a Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award in 2012.
In July 2010, when Augustin Hadelich was 26, he made his New York Philharmonic Debut at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival playing the Mendelssohn concerto with his self-assured, technically fluent and musically sensitive approach. He easily confirmed his place on the shortlist of top violin virtuosos by breezily performing Paganini’s Caprice No. 17 as an encore. He was immediately re-engaged by the New York Philharmonic to play in Vail in 2011 and to make his subscription debut at Lincoln Center in October 2012. After his debut with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood in August 2012, Augustin Hadelich was invited to make his Boston Symphony subscription debut in September 2013, performing Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Alban Gerhardt and conductor Christoph von Dohnányi. In January 2014, he stepped in for an ailing Christian Tetzlaff to make his Disney Hall subscription debut performing the Beethoven violin concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Edo de Waart conducting.
Hadelich has performed with many of the world's major orchestras and has collaborated with many renowned conductors.
Augustin Hadelich plays on the 1723 Ex-Kiesewetter Stradivarius violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago. From October 2006 until August 2010 he played on the 1683 "Ex-Gingold" Stradivari, which was on loan to him from the Indianapolis Competition.
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