Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Viviane Hagner
BBT Award 2004

Viviane Hagner - Biography

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.

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.

Photographs by Marco Borggreve