With his poetic style and dazzling technique, Augustin Hadelich has established himself as a rising star among the new generation of violinists. Winner of the 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant and gold medallist of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, his versatility across the entire spectrum of the violin repertory is astounding. At the competition, he also received special awards for best performance of a Romantic concerto, Classical concerto, Beethoven sonata, violin sonata other than Beethoven, Bach work, commissioned work, encore piece and Paganini caprice.
In August 2009, Augustin made a sensational debut with the Cleveland Orchestra playing Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. In the words of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “A consummate showman, Hadelich pranced over considerable technical obstacles with fluent ease, then dashed off a Paganini caprice as an encore.” Other recent debuts include the Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, and recitals at Kioi Hall (Tokyo), Clark Memorial Library (Los Angeles), the La Jolla Music Society, and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Augustin made his Carnegie Hall orchestral debut in January 2008, performing the Brahms Double Concerto under Miguel Harth-Bedoya with cellist Alban Gerhardt and the Fort Worth Symphony; he returned to Stern Auditorium in March 2008 for his captivating, highly acclaimed recital debut. In his third appearance at Carnegie Hall during 2008, he performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo on Christmas Eve. Other orchestral engagements include the symphonies of Alabama, Columbus (OH), Ft. Worth, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Louisville, Santa Barbara, Syracuse and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, among others. Outside the United States, Augustin has performed with the Capetown Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie/Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern, Dresden Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Symphony, Museumsorchester Frankfurt, Nuremberg Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, and the chamber orchestras of Bavaria, Berlin, Budapest, Cologne, Hamburg, Kiel, Lucerne and Toulouse. He has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Günther Herbig, Yakov Kreizberg, Hannu Lintu, Christof Perick, Christoph Poppen, Stefan Sanderling, Michael Stern and Mario Venzago.
Augustin has recorded two highly acclaimed CDs for Naxos: Haydn’s complete violin concerti with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, and Telemann’s complete Fantasies for Solo Violin. A new CD of masterworks for solo violin (including the Bartók solo sonata) was released by AVIE in October 2009.
An enthusiastic recitalist, Augustin has appeared at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Chautauqua Music Festival, the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and the University of Texas at Austin, as well as in collaboration with Midori at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. He has also participated in a highly successful east coast tour with artists from the Marlboro Music Festival.
Born in Italy in 1984, the son of German parents, Augustin holds a diploma (summa cum laude) from the Istituto Mascagni in Livorno, Italy, as well as a graduate diploma and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Joel Smirnoff. He has been a participant at the Marlboro, Ravinia, and Seattle chamber music festivals and in numerous master classes with renowned violinists such as Uto Ughi, Christoph Poppen, Norbert Brainin, Pinchas Zukerman, Zachar Bron, Yehudi Menuhin and Miriam Fried.
As first-prize winner of the Indianapolis Competition, Augustin plays on the 1683 ex-Gingold Stradivari violin.