Augustin Hadelich

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Augustin Hadelich
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Background information
Born (1984-04-04) April 4, 1984 (age 35)
Cecina, Italy
InstrumentsEx-Kiesewetter 1723 Stradivarius violin
LabelsWarner Classics, AVIE, Naxos

Augustin Hadelich (born April 4, 1984) is an Italian Grammy-winning[1] classical violinist.


Early life and education[edit]

Augustin Hadelich was born in Cecina, Italy, to German parents. His two older brothers were already playing cello and piano when Augustin (age 5) began his studies on the violin with his father, an agriculturalist and amateur cellist.[2] In his early musical development, Hadelich progressed in his studies through irregular lessons and masterclasses from violinists traveling near the Hadelich farm in rural Tuscany, including Uto Ughi, Christoph Poppen, Igor Ozim, and Norbert Brainin.[3] Hadelich enjoyed a blossoming career as a wunderkind violinist, pianist, and composer in Germany.[4][5]

In 1999, Augustin Hadelich was injured in a fire on his family's farm in Italy, and was airlifted to be treated in Germany.[3] The accident left Hadelich unable to play for over a year.[6] "It is perhaps because of this experience—because I had this moment where I wasn't sure if I would ever play the violin again—that I appreciate what is happening in my life more. I really try to enjoy every moment. It made me realize how important music was to me", Hadelich has commented.[7] After his recovery, Hadelich graduated summa cum laude from the Instituto Mascagni in Livorno, Italy, and successfully auditioned for admission to The Juilliard School.[8] From 2004 to 2007, Hadelich studied at Juilliard with Joel Smirnoff, graduating with a Graduate Diploma (2005) and an Artist Diploma (2007).


Shortly after winning first prize at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 2006, Augustin Hadelich proved himself ready for the world stage through several short-notice substitutions with major orchestras. In 2008 he filled in for Julian Rachlin at the Hollywood Bowl, performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.[9] In 2010, Hadelich made his New York Philharmonic debut at the Bravo! Vail Festival substituting for violinist Nikolaj Znaider.[10]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Augustin Hadelich was named the 2018 "Instrumentalist of the Year" by Musical America.[11]

In December 2017, Hadelich was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in the UK.[12]

In February 2016, Augustin Hadelich won his first Grammy Award for the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles for his performance of Henri Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto, ‘L'arbre des songes’, with the Seattle Symphony and music director Ludovic Morlot on the Seattle Symphony Media label.[1]

In October 2015, Hadelich became the inaugural winner of the Warner Music Prize, which includes a grant of $100,000 and a recording opportunity with Warner Classics.[13]

Hadelich won the gold medal at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, where he also received several additional accolades, including best performance of a Romantic concerto, Classical concerto, Beethoven sonata, violin sonata other than Beethoven, Bach work, commissioned work, encore piece and Paganini caprice.[3]

Hadelich has also received an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2009), a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship (2011) and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award (2012).[citation needed]


For the AVIE label, Augustin Hadelich has recorded six CDs. In 2007, Augustin Hadelich recorded two CDs for Naxos: an album of Haydn's violin concertos with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra (released 2008), for which Hadelich composed his own cadenzas,[8] and Telemann’s complete fantasies for solo violin (released 2009).

For his 2015 recording of Henri Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto ('L'arbre des songes') with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot, on the Seattle Symphony's label, Hadelich was awarded the 2016 Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.[14]

2017 saw the release of Hadelich's recording of live performances of the Tchaikovsky concerto and Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole were released on the London Philharmonic label.

In January 2018, Augustin Hadelich's recording of Paganini's 24 Caprices for solo violin, was released on the Warner Classics label. This is the first album to be released as part of a new recording contract with the label.

His next recording will be the concertos by Brahms and Ligeti with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya.[15]

Complete recordings[edit]


Hadelich currently performs with the 1723 Kiesewetter Stradivarius violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.[citation needed]

From October 2006 until August 2010, Hadelich performed with the 1683 "ex-Gingold" Stradivari as the standing first-prize winner of the Indianapolis Competition.[16]


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-09. Retrieved 2016-08-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  3. ^ a b c David Patrick Stearns (2011-04-06). "A young violinist with clout". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
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  6. ^ Shea, Andrea (2007-04-13). "Violinist on the Rise". WBUR. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
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  8. ^ a b Vivien Schweitzer (2010-04-15). "Once Told He Would Never Play Again, Young Violinist Is Now a Star". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
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  11. ^ Bruce Hodges (2017-12-01). "Instrumentalist of the Year: Augustin Hadelich". Musical America. Retrieved 2017-12-25.
  12. ^ "Augustin Hadelich | Honorary graduates | University of Exeter". Retrieved 2017-12-25.
  13. ^ Michael Cooper (2015-10-20). "Violinist Wins Fought-Over Warner Music Prize". The New York Times (ArtsBeat blog). Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  14. ^ Melissa Davis (2016-02-15). "Seattle Symphony is only local Grammy winner". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  15. ^ "Augustin Hadelich - Brahms and Ligeti violin concertos". Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  16. ^ Vivien Schweitzer (2009-12-16). "A Prized Violin and a Flair for Playing It". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-05-15.

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