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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

I feel very honored to have been chosen for a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2004 and hope to fulfill the committee's expectations. I consider it my obligation to responsibly spend the generous grant for my further musical development with my being privileged to receive advice and support from Mitsuko Uchida.

Viviane Hagner"

Viviane Hagner was supported by BBT between 2004 and 2008. For an up to date biography visit

Munich-born violinist Viviane Hagner has won exceptional praise for her highly intelligent musicality and passionate artistry.  She performs with the world’s great orchestras and as a committed chamber musician regularly appears at international festivals and venues.   Typical comments from critics include ‘poise and magnificent assurance’ (The Times) and ‘a spine chilling recital, an almost hauntingly masterful display of technique and artistry’ (Washington Post).  As well as bringing insight and virtuosity to central repertoire, Viviane Hagner is an ardent advocate of new, neglected and undiscovered music. In 2002, she gave the world premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto with Kent Nagano, which she has now recorded for the Canadian company Analekta and this season performs with Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Royal Festival Hall.  She received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2004.  This season also includes a performance at Carnegie Hall and a concert tour in North America with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, appearances with the National Arts Center Orchestra and Pinchas Zukerman in Ottawa, numerous concerts in Germany with orchestras such as the Gürzernich-Orchester Köln and MDR-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig and chamber recitals at Frankfurt Alte Oper, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Her performances of Vieuxtemps Violin Concerti 4 & 5 are available on the Hyperion label and her first recital recording features solo works by Bartók, Hartmann and Bach.  Viviane Hagner plays the Sasserno Stradivarius made in 1717, generously loaned to her by the Nippon Music Foundation.

Photographs by Marco Borggreve

  • CD for Altara Records
  • Help towards purchasing a new bow
  • European PR
  • Co-commissioning new pieces for second Altara CD from Detlev Glanert
  • Participation in BBT tour in 2012
Ciaccona - music for solo violin

Ciaccona - music for solo violin

Bartok: Sonata for solo violin Sz 117 (first movement tempo di ciaccona)

Hartmann: Suite No. 1 for solo violin (second movement fuge)

J.S. Bach: Partita No.2 in D minor BWV

"In this superb programme, Hagner brings the same intensity of purpose and tone to unaccompanied work by Bach, Bartok and Hartmann… Technically faultless and consistently interesting, this is an extraordinary recital" (Independent on Sunday, March 2007). 

Viviane Hagner violin

from the CD "Ciaccona"


Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

Viviane Hagner: BBT Winners 2004

Viviane Hagner: BBT Winners 2004

Beethoven: Violin Concerto & Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No 1 (excerpts)

BBC Radio 3 presenter Jonathan Swain introduces excerpts from two live recordings from Berlin. This track was produced for BBT as part of an audio CD and CD-ROM, showcasing its 2004 winners. An accompanying film profile of Viviane Hagner is also on this website.

Viviane Hagner violin
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin | Kent Nagano conductor (Beethoven)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra | Claudio Abbado conductor (Prokofiev)

Recorded live in Berlin


Introducing Viviane Hagner, preparing for a premiere

A video profile of Viviane Hagner, filmed at the Barbican and BBC Maida Vale, London, as she prepared for the UK premiere Unsuk Chin’s violin concerto with BBC Symphony Orchestra.  Our film was part of an audio CD and CD-ROM produced by BBT to introduce the 2004 Award and Fellowship Winners.

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