Augustin Hadelich


New York Philharmonic


"At 33, Mr. Hadelich increasingly seems to be one of the outstanding violinists of his generation. [...] In this eloquent performance, the concerto's subtleties were its selling points." [Dvorák Violin Concerto]



Saint Louis Symphony


Hadelich, who turned 33 last month, is one of the finest violinists of our day, a child prodigy who matured into a master of singing tone and intelligent interpretation. He gave a flawless reading of the concerto [Brahms], one with space to breathe but not to dally, as he dug into the score and offered its gems to the listeners. It was an exquisite performance ... the audience erupted into applause at its conclusion."



Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego)


“The violin sections of the Festival orchestra are stuffed with concertmasters, any one of whom could have played the concerto [Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4]. It takes a special soloist to front a group like that, which [Festival Director Michael] Francis had in the easy virtuosity of Augustin Hadelich. Throughout his range, his tone was lovely and assured; difficult passagework seemed as straightforward as scales are to mere mortals … In Ravel’s Tzigane the solo part was designed to dazzle audiences. Hadelich played the octave double-stops completely in tune. Runs and rapid pizzicato flung out from his Stradivarius with precision and fire. It was jaw-dropping virtuosity … If there were still any doubts of Hadelich’s superhuman violin skills, they were discarded during his encore of Paganini’s fiendishly troublesome Caprice No. 17, a finger-twister that Hadelich made sound as easy as a nursery tune.”




North Carolina Symphony


"Violinist Hadelich, playing a 1723 Stradivari instrument, brought a stunning performance of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto. His intonation was, in a word, perfect; he tossed off the virtuoso passages with ease, sometimes at tempos that threatened to leave the orchestra behind ... The first movement's breathtaking conclusion brought the audience to its feet as if they had not noticed that there were two more movements to follow."



San Diego Symphony


"This performance recalled an earlier era when violin-playing brilliance evoked a wizard's magic or a dealer with the devil. Hadelich is neither but something else quite wonderful: one of the world's great players, working at the top of his form." [Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1]





Boston Symphony (Tanglewood)


"... Violinist Augustin Hadelich returned as soloist in the Sibelius Violin Concerto, a work that seemed particularly well-suited to his own interpretive strengths. His account on Saturday was tonally rich and electric, and he followed it with a musically generous encore: the Andante movement from Bach's Second Sonata. After all the high-strung rhapsodizing of the Sibelius, this humble, wise music from Bach was just what the ear needed to hear."



Chicago Symphony


“The 31-year-old Hadelich has both talent and promise, but he doesn't flaunt them. The airy grace of his playing suited the well-mannered poise of Mozart's music. The soloist wove a silvery thread of finely focused tone through each page of the score ..." [Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 "Turkish"]





New York Philharmonic


“That the first half nevertheless offered moments of excitement was entirely because of the energetic performance of Augustin Hadelich… [he] appeared undaunted by the technical challenges, bringing humor to the embellishments in the final movement and making the most of his instrument’s distinctive low range in the extensive passages on the G string."  [Lalo Symphonie espagnole]





Los Angeles Philharmonic


“Hadelich … is an intimate performer whose self-effacing quality allows the music to soar. He has what Mozart once told a friend was more important than virtuosity: taste and feeling. [...] Mozart wrote no cadenzas for this concerto, so Hadelich wrote his own, picking up on themes and weaving them seamlessly into the concerto's softly contoured design.” [Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 "Turkish"]




The Cleveland Orchestra


“… Violinist Augustin Hadelich … easily earned a return invitation with a smashing Cleveland debut as the soloist in Lalo's Symphonie espagnole. A consummate showman, Hadelich pranced over considerable technical obstacles with fluent ease, then dashed off a Paganini Caprice as an encore. But behind [his] talent was a molten intensity, a determination to explore the music's passionate, earthy sides with gritty articulation and tender lyricism.” 

PLAIN DEALER (Cleveland)



Dallas Symphony


"Hadelich, at 32, is one of the brightest lights in the upcoming generation of violin soloists." [Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1]




Baltimore Symphony


"... Augustin Hadelich had an astonishing solo turn in Mozart's fifth violin concerto; it was both technically and musically impeccable. As the final sign of his consummate musicianship, [he] played his own fascinating cadenzas, daringly laden with double stops. A nightcap of Paganini's ninth caprice, nicknamed "La Chasse," a further study on double stops, was the perfect finish."




The Philadelphia Orchestra


"... Hadelich had impeccable technique (especially impressive in his steel-cut Paganini Caprice No. 5 encore), and his rich sound projected with a security that was even in all ranges." [Brahms Violin Concerto]



San Diego Symphony


"In Barber’s Violin Concerto, Augustin Hadelich made a strong case for Barber’s 20th century concerto deserving masterwork status... Hadelich is a musician’s musician, and he and the orchestra members played as if responding to a common impulse. This concerto is not so much a dramatic confrontation as an intense conversation, and both sides had a lot to say. Hadelich spoke with ardor and elegance while the orchestra and its conductor, Jahja Ling, heard his every utterance and responded with affirmation and sensitivity."




Cincinnati Symphony


“In the program's first half, the gifted violinist Hadelich returned as soloist, this time in the Berg Violin Concerto, 'To the Memory of an Angel.' ... Hadelich's phrasing was eloquent, and he displayed a romantic tone on his Stradivarius violin. Technically, there was no feat he couldn't master, and he did it all with effortless beauty and pristine intonation. ... In the second, more tragic, movement, [he] balanced intense, urgent passages against phrases that were deeply interior ... The effect was mystical and quite moving."




Saint Louis Symphony


“On Friday night at Powell Symphony Hall ... we heard a revelatory performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major. Hadelich played with brilliance and gorgeous tone, bringing out the essential Romantic expressiveness of the work throughout.  While his facility is breathtaking, the sweetness of the second movement was moving. The house exploded at the conclusion of the zippy final movement.”




Seattle Symphony


“The ability to communicate the joy of making music is a gift not shared by all performing virtuosi. But it is stock in trade for the violinist Augustin Hadelich, whose immaculate and rapturous playing has made him a Seattle favorite… Eloquent and unforced, Hadelich’s violin lines were shaped by a technique as fine as anything you’ll hear on today’s concert stages. The audience ovation was so enthusiastic that Hadelich returned to the stage for a high-octane encore: the Paganini Caprice No. 5, a dizzying tour-de-force of speedy fingerwork and fluent bowing, tossed off with evident enjoyment.” [Mendelssohn Violin Concerto]




Atlanta Symphony


“The Sibelius concerto is a technical marvel, but Hadelich took great care to not make it sound like an onerous mechanical exercise ... [He] showed off the expressive capabilities of the instrument, playing with a graceful liquescence. His sensuous, honeyed tone remained consistent throughout the full range of the violin — achingly beautiful high notes were as deep and rich as his rapid-fire explorations in the instrument's middle range.”



Utah Symphony


“Hadelich is a rising star in the violin world, with a tone as warm and smooth as caramel.  He played the concerto — including his own graceful and charming cadenzas — with consummate polish and expression, then rewarded the appreciative (and near-capacity) Abravanel Hall crowd with a stunning performance of the Andante movement from Bach’s A Minor Violin Sonata.” [Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4]  



Milwaukee Symphony


“Hadelich brought an air of improvisation to his performance that made the [Stravinsky Violin Concerto] sound fresh and free. He used biting articulations and crisp rhythms in the first movement, soulful, stirring interpretations of the piece’s inner Aria movements and a playful, daring attitude during the final Capriccio to give distinct character to each movement.” 





London Philharmonic


"The thumping fifths which open Édouard Lalo's Symphonie espagnole came as quite a shock after the elusiveness of Debussy's elliptical score, but there was an immediate retreat for the entry of the soloist, Augustin Hadelich. Hadelich was born in Italy, to German parents and is now an American citizen, but he proved himself perfectly attuned to the spirit of the French composer's foray into the Spanish lands of his ancestors. He has a prodigious technique and a gorgeous tone and both were put to dazzling effect here."



Carnegie / Zankel Hall


“After intermission, the evening, and the series, ended with the premiere of Mr. [David] Lang’s “mystery sonatas,” a work of nearly 40 minutes for solo violin performed stunningly by the brilliant young violinist Augustin Hadelich… I cannot imagine a better performance than the one Mr. Hadelich gave. His playing combined impressive technical command with plush, rich-textured sound. And with magisterial poise and serene control, Mr. Hadelich became a riveting storyteller, which was the point of this piece. And the series.”




Kennedy Center Recital


“The essence of Hadelich’s playing is beauty: reveling in the myriad ways of making a phrase come alive on the violin, delivering the musical message with no technical impediments whatsoever, and thereby revealing something from a plane beyond ours. This was the best recital I’ve heard this season.”




CD with London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO Live)

        Tchaikovsky Concerto - Vasily Petrenko, conductor

        Lalo Symphonie espagnole - Omer Meir Wellber, conductor


"These live concert recordings feature Grammy-Award winning violinist Augustin Hadelich. The pairing of these pieces has been carefully considered; the influence of Lalo's fresh and unassumingly simple approach can be heard in Tchaikovsky's Concerto, and Hadelich brings out the range of emotions across both pieces ... Overall Score: 5 Stars"



CD with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (AVIE Records)

        Adès, Sibelius Violin Concertos - Hannu Lintu, conductor


“In [Adès’] short first movement, speed and accuracy in the stratospheric reaches of the instrument are negotiated with a virtuosity that doesn’t shut out intimate emotional engagement. That comes to fruition in the longer central movement, and intense passacaglia-like structure… [The Sibelius] is fast and exciting, and the lack of any technical obstacle, together with the vivid recording, make this one of the most convincing and involving versions.”



“Looking for a new violinist to fall in love with? Meet Augustin Hadelich… There's a lot about Hadelich's performances to love: foremost his pleasingly bold, silvery tone, but also his laser-exact intonation and a patrician yet individual way of phrasing ... he's been increasingly viewed as one of the most significant violinists on the scene today. This new album of concertos [Adès and Sibelius] … should only help confirm his stature.”



“[Hadelich’s] album pairing two seemingly dissimilar concertos … by Jean Sibelius and Thomas Adès puts his shimmering tone and laser-like intonation on magnificent display. … Hadelich circles and swoops stratospherically high above a turbulent orchestra in the opening of Adès’ concerto ‘Concentric Paths,’ from 2005. It’s a thrilling tightrope act danced by a young master.”