The riveting American violinist William Hagen has been hailed as a “brilliant virtuoso” and “a standout” by The Dallas Morning News, and Violinist.com has praised him for his “intellectual command of line and score.” In 2015, he won third prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, making him one of the most successful Americans in that prestigious competition’s history.
Highlights of Mr. Hagen’s recent engagements include recitals at the Aspen Music Festival and the Colburn School as well as performances with the Sacramento and Savannah philharmonic orchestras, the North Carolina and Omaha symphony orchestras, and the Syracuse, New York–based cooperative orchestra Symphoria.
Previous seasons featured recitals in Paris and Brussels and at the Ravinia Festival in Illinois as well as performances with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra in Beijing; the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City; and the Fort Worth, Frankfurt Radio, Oregon, Pasadena, San Francisco, Seattle, and Utah symphony orchestras. He’s also appeared with cellist Steven Isserlis at London’s Wigmore Hall; violinist Tabea Zimmermann at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn; and Mr. Isserlis and violinists Gidon Kremer and Christian Tetzlaff at the Chamber Music Connects the World festival in Kronberg, Germany. Conductors he’s collaborated with include Marin Alsop, Christian Arming, Peter Bay, Pablo Rus Broseta, Plácido Domingo, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrew Gourlay, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Carlos Kalmar, Nicholas McGegan, Brett Mitchell, Ludovic Morlot, Matthias Pintscher, Alexander Prior, Michel Tabachnik, and Hugh Wolff.
A native of Salt Lake City, Mr. Hagen made his debut with the Utah Symphony at age nine. He began studying locally at age four with Natalie Reed, followed by lessons with Deborah Moench. From ages 10 to 17, he studied at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. After studying with Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School in New York City for two years, he returned to Los Angeles to continue studying with his previous teacher, Robert Lipsett, at the Colburn Conservatory. Mr. Hagen is also an alumnus of the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, The Perlman Music Program, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Kronberg Academy in Germany.
William Hagen performs on the 1732 “Arkwright Lady Rebecca Sylvan” Stradivarius, on generous loan from the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation.