28-year-old Austrian cellist Julia Hagen has won CHF 75,000 (£68,400) and a performance engagement with the Vienna Philharmonic


Cellist Julia Hagen © Martina Draper/Lucerne Festival

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The winner for the 12th Credit Suisse Young Artist Award was announced following the final round at the Vienna Musikverein, Austria. 28-year-old Austrian cellist Julia Hagen has won CHF 75,000 (£68,400) and a performance engagement as a soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic.

Hagen began the cello at the age of five. She was born into a musical family with her father, aunt, and uncle having founded the renowned Hagen Quartet. She has studied with Enrico Bronzi in Salzburg, Reinhard Latzko and Heinrich Schiff in Vienna, Jens Peter Maintz at the University of the Arts in Berlin, and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Kronberg Academy. Her upcoming performances as a soloist include the Dresden Philharmonic, Orquestra Nacional de España, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Among her achievements as a chamber musician, she has performed with Igor Levit and Renaud Capuçon at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Vienna Musikverein, and at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg in Austria.

The  Credit Suisse Young Artist Award was created by the Lucerne Festival, Credit Suisse Foundation, Vienna Philharmonic, and the Society for the Friends of Music in Vienna, and recognises young musical figures for extraordinary achievements. Participation in the competition is subject to nomination by a panel of experts. This year’s jury comprised Alexander Steinberger, Stefan Pauly, Peter Hagmann, Pamela Rosenberg, and was chaired by Michael Haefliger.

Other notable winners of the award include Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sol Gabetta, Vilde Frang, and Kian Soltani.

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