JULIA HAGEN is one of the most promising instrumentalists of her generation. She is just as convincing as a soloist with orchestra as she is in recital with piano or in numerous chamber music constellations alongside prominent partners. Her performances combine technical mastery with high artistic standards and a directly communicative approach to music-making.

Born in Salzburg in 1995, an offspring of a musical family, she received her first lessons at the age of 5. She went on to study at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Enrico Bronzi, at the University of Vienna with Reinhard Latzko and from 2013 to 2015 with legendary cellist Heinrich Schiff. She finalized her academic studied under Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. She is currently a scholarship holder of the Kronberg Academy, where she was working with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt until 2022.

The talented celloist made her debut at the age of 14, playing as soloist with the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra. Since then she has played extensively throughout Europe and Japan, including in venues like the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Musikverein, Tonhalle Zürich, Barbican Hall and Suntory Hall. She has performed with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Bruckner Orchester Linz and Kremerata Baltica, worked with conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Ingo Metzmacher, Markus Poschner and Kristiina Poska and regularly appears with chamber music partners like Igor Levit, Alexander Lonquich, Aaron Pilsan, Annika Treutler, Florian Boesch, Renaud Capuçon, Tobias Feldmann, Thomas Reif, Gérard Caussé, Clemens Hagen, Dominik Wagner and the Armida and Artemis quartets.

Highlights of the 2022/23 season include Julia Hagen’s return to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla with Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, performances of the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana and Prague Symphony Orchestra as well as appearances with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Bruckner Orchestra Linz and Sofia Philharmonic. Moreover, she will make her North American debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. As part of the Ouverture spirituelle, she will also perform Sofia Gubaidulina’s “Canticle of the Sun” at the 2023 Salzburg Festival.

Among her many chamber music activities are trio concerts with Igor Levit and Johan Dalene at London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Heidelberger Frühling, performances with the Quatuor Arod and the Hagen Quartet, and a tour of Japan in cello duo with Clemens Hagen. Julia Hagen makes longer stays at the Festspielfrühling Rügen, the chamber music festival of Aix-en-Provence, the Risør Festival as well as at Leif Ove Andsnes’s Rosendal Festival in Norway. The young performer also has a regular collaboration with the Capuçon brothers. Renaud Capuçon is conductor and violin soloist of the Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle-Aquitaine on a tour of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto; she meets Gautier in concerts with his “Capucelli” ensemble in Geneva.

She was a prize winner of the Liezen International Cello Competition and the Mazzacurati Cello Competition and was awarded the Hajek-Boss-Wagner Culture Prize and the Nicolas Firmenich Prize of the Verbier Festival Academy as the best young cellist, among other prizes.

In 2019, she released her first album together with Annika Treutler with the two cello sonatas by Johannes Brahms on Hänssler Classic. Further recordings are in preparation.

Julia Hagen plays an instrument by Francesco Ruggieri (Cremona, 1684), which is provided to her privately.

 

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