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. Since making her international debut at the age of 12, and a year later participating in the legendary ‘joint concert’ of the Israel and Berlin Philharmonics (conducted by Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv), Viviane Hagner has acquired a depth and maturity in her playing that is reflected in her serene stage presence and magnificent assurance.

Appearing with the world’s great orchestras, Viviane Hagner’s concerto appearances include the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra, working with conductors such as Ashkenazy, Barenboim, Eschenbach and Salonen.

As well as bringing insight and virtuosity to the central concerto repertoire, Viviane Hagner is an ardent advocate of new, neglected and undiscovered music, championing composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Witold Lutoslawski. Dedicatee of Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto, she gave the world premiere in 2002 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Kent Nagano, and has since given performances across Europe, the US and as far afield as Brazil and Korea. She received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2004.

Viviane Hagner dedicates herself to outreach activities for audiences of all ages. She is a founder and Artistic Director of Krzyżowa-Music, an ambitious festival promoting the exchange of ideas and culture whilst allowing young and aspiring musicians the opportunity to live, rehearse and perform with internationally-acclaimed artists. She has been Professor at the Mannheim Conservatory of Music and Performing Arts since 2013.

Last updated: October 2018

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