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Naxos Violinist Augustin Hadelich receives Borletti-Buitoni trust Fellowship

February 19, 2011

Augustin Hadelich

Violinist Augustin Hadelich is the recipient of a prestigious 2011 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, it was announced today.

The “BBT” commendation is the latest of several international awards Augustin has collected. He was the Gold Medal winner at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and in 2009 received the Avery Fisher Career Grant.

The BBT Fellowship, worth £10,000, will allow Augustin to pursue projects that will continue to support his career development. Among these are a series of videos exploring the relationship between visual media and recorded sound, which have been enthusiastically received on his YouTube channel.

The Borletti-Buitoni Trust helps outstanding young musicians to develop and sustain international careers with awards that fund tailor-made projects. Beyond financial assistance it aims to provide advice, guidance and contacts as well as public relations exposure.

Augustin’s BB Trust Fellowship coincides with the release of his most recent recording on Avie Records, Echoes of Paris (AV 2216). The French-Russian themed recital, featuring works for violin and piano by Debussy, Poulenc and Prokofiev, and Stravinsky, was praised by The Daily Telegraph as “a rich programme superbly played.” Augustin’s Avie début, Flying Solo (AV 2180), featuring works by Bartók, Paganini, Ysaÿe and Zimmermann, was chosen by The New Yorker as CD of the Week, and praised by The New York Times for “an exacting focus, an unerring dramatic sense and a rich, beautiful tone…an easygoing but winning virtuosity.”

Upcoming Concerts

February 19 Palm Springs, California Recital
February 20 Los Angeles, California Recital
March 4, 5 Miami, Florida Cleveland Orchestra (Miami residency)
March 18, 19 Denver, Colorado Colorado Symphony
April 1, 2 Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Symphony
April 10 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recital
April 12 Charlottesville, Virginia Recital
April 16 Winnipeg, Canada Recital
April 30 , May 2 Vancouver, Canada Vancouver Symphony (début)
May 12, 13, 14 Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta Symphony (début)
May 27, 28 Tampa, Florida Florida Orchestra
June 19 Cologne, Germany Cologne Chamber Orchestra

For further information, contact Melanne Mueller, MusicCo International, +1 917 907 2785,

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With his poetic style and dazzling technique, Augustin Hadelich has established himself as a rising star among the new generation of violinists. Winner of the 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant and gold medallist of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, his versatility across the entire spectrum of the violin repertory is astounding.

Among recent highlights was Mr Hadelich’s sensational début with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert at the Bravo! Vail Festival playing the Mendelssohn concerto.  About the performance, the Denver Post wrote: “[Mr Hadelich] wowed the capacity audience…with his self-assured, technically fluent and musically sensitive approach.  And when he breezily performed Paganini’s Caprice No. 17 as an encore, he easily confirmed his place on the shortlist of today’s top violin virtuosos…” Other highlights include re-engagements with both the Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as débuts with the symphonies of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Phoenix, Seattle, Utah and Vancouver.

Augustin Hadelich made three Carnegie Hall appearances in 2008: his orchestral début in January, performing the Brahms Double Concerto under Miguel Harth-Bedoya with cellist Alban Gerhardt and the Fort Worth Symphony; his highly successful recital début in March; and a performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo on Christmas Eve. Other orchestral engagements include the symphonies of Alabama, Colorado, Columbus, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Louisville, New Orleans, Santa Barbara and Syracuse, as well as the Pacific Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis.  Festival appearances include Blossom, Bravo! Vail Valley and Chautauqua, where he made his American orchestral début in 2001.

Outside the United States, Mr Hadelich has performed with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern, Dresden Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Nürnberg Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Tokyo Symphony, and chamber orchestras in Budapest, Cologne, Hamburg and Lucerne.  He has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Lionel Bringuier, Justin Brown, Michael Christie, Alan Gilbert, Hans Graf, Giancarlo Guerrero, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Günther Herbig, Yakov Kreizberg, Hannu Lintu, Christof Perick, Christoph Poppen, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Larry Rachleff, Stefan Sanderling, Gerard Schwarz, Michael Stern and Mario Venzago.

Mr Hadelich has recorded two highly acclaimed CDs for Naxos: Haydn’s complete violin concerti with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, and Telemann’s complete Fantasies for Solo Violin. A CD of masterworks for solo violin (including the Bartók solo sonata) was released by AVIE in October 2009. In the words of The Sunday Times (London), “Now in his mid-twenties, Augustin Hadelich is fast emerging as a significant talent. This recital of music for unaccompanied solo violin, however, is a step beyond…he is both a virtuoso violinist and a deeply thoughtful one.”

HAYDN Violin Concertos, Hob. VIIa: 1, 3, 4
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Helmut Müller-Brühl, conductor


Of the nine violin concertos at one time ascribed to Haydn only four were genuine, and one of the four is lost. With their considerable use of the relatively higher register of the violin, chains of dotted notes, double stopping and ornamental figuration, the Concertos were written to showcase the considerable virtuosity of the principal violin in Haydn’s orchestra, Luigi Tomasini.

Gold medalist of the 2006 Indianapolis International Violin Competition and recipient of several of the competition’s special awards, Augustin Hadelich has established himself as one of the most eloquent of the new generation of violinists.

TELEMANN 12 Fantasies for Solo Violin
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Highly characterful and unfailingly inventive, Telemann’s Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin were written with an eye to the amateur or student market. They explore the possibilities of solo violin writing with suggestions of polyphony and modest elements of double and triple stopping, while making use of instrumental forms derived from the sonata or the suite, often with an overt debt to Corelli and his Italian successors. American Record Guide proclaimed that “the future of great violin playing is safe and very bright in Augustin Hadelich’s 24-year-old hands” of Haydn’s Violin Concertos (8.570483), recorded after he won the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Also an enthusiastic recitalist, Mr Hadelich has appeared at the Frick Collection (New York), the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Clark Memorial Library (Los Angeles), Kioi Hall (Tokyo), the Sage Gateshead and the Louvre, among others. As a chamber musician, he has been a participant at the Marlboro, Ravinia, La Jolla and Seattle festivals, in addition to a collaboration with Midori at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.

Born in Italy in 1984, the son of German parents, Augustin Hadelich holds a graduate diploma and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Joel Smirnoff. He currently plays on the 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivari violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society.

Augustin Hadelich Biography & Discography

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