Augustin Hadelich

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Augustin Hadelich
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Background information
Born (1984-04-04) April 4, 1984 (age 32)
Cecina, Italy
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Violinist
Instruments Ex-Kiesewetter 1723 Stradivarius violin
Labels AVIE, Naxos

Augustin Hadelich (born April 4, 1984 in Italy) is a German classical violinist.

Hadelich was born in Cecina, Italy, to German parents. He started playing the violin at the age of 5. His two older brothers were already playing cello and piano at the time. Hadelich's early teachers included his father, as well as Uto Ughi, Christoph Poppen, Igor Ozim, and Norbert Brainin.[1] He earned a diploma (summa cum laude) from the Istituto Mascagni in Livorno, Italy.

In 1999, when Hadelich was age 15, a fire on his family's farm in Italy severely burned his upper body, and left him with burns over 60% of his body. He was airlifted to Germany, where burn specialists treated him.[1] He stopped playing for almost a year and started to perform again in 2001.[2] His recovery phase included multiple skin grafts and physical therapy. He recovered sufficiently to audition for admission for The Juilliard School, which accepted him as a student and where he studied from 2004 to 2007.[3] At Juilliard, Hadelich was a student of Joel Smirnoff, and earned a Graduate Diploma and an Artist Diploma.

Hadelich was the gold medalist at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, where he also received several additional prizes, 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.[1] Other awards include an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2009), a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship (2011), and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award (2012). He was the first winner of the Warner Music Prize, in October 2015.[4]

Hadelich has recorded two CDs for Naxos, an album of Haydn's violin concertos with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, where Hadelich composed his own cadenzas,[3] and Telemann’s complete fantasies for solo violin. For the AVIE label, he has recorded four CDs. Flying Solo, from October 2009, features solo violin works by Bartók, Paganini, Ysaÿe and Bernd Alois Zimmermann. Echoes of Paris, released in February 2011, features works for violin and piano by Debussy, Poulenc, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Histoire du Tango features works for violin and guitar with the spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas by De Falla, Paganini, Piazzolla and Sarasate, was released in March 2013. In June 2013, Augustin recorded the concertos of Sibelius and Thomas Adès with Hannu Lintu and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He shared in the 2016 Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his recording of Henri Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto ('L'Arbre Des Songes') with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot.[5]

From October 2006 until August 2010, Hadelich played on the 1683 "ex-Gingold" Stradivari, which was on loan to him from the Indianapolis Competition.[6] He currently plays on the 1723 Kiesewetter Stradivarius violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago. Hadelich lives in New York City and took American citizenship on 17 September 2014.


  1. ^ a b c David Patrick Stearns (2011-04-06). "A young violinist with clout". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  2. ^ Shea, Andrea (2007-04-13). "Violinist on the Rise". WBUR. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Michael Cooper (2015-10-20). "Violinist Wins Fought-Over Warner Music Prize". The New York Times (ArtsBeat blog). Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  5. ^ Melissa Davis (2016-02-15). "Seattle Symphony is only local Grammy winner". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  6. ^ 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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