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Univ.Prof. Veronika Hagen-Di Ronza

University Professor in viola

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Veronika Hagen is the viola player in the Hagen Quartet with which she has given concerts over the past 25 years throughout the world. At the age of six Veronika received her first music lessons from her father, former solo viola player in the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. Veronika went on to study at the Mozarteum University with Helmut Zehetmair, then in Vienna and Hanover with Hatto Beyerle.  Working together regularly with artists such as Gideon Kremer, Sándor Végh, Ivry Githis, Walter Levin, Heinrich Schiff and Nikolaus Harnoncourt has had a lasting influence on her playing.

Veronika Hagen also performs as a soloist in major concert halls in Europe and Japan, as well as at the Salzburg Festival, the Salzburg Mozart Week, in Vienna, Cologne, Zurich and Barcelona, at the chamber music festival in Lockenhaus, at the chamber music seminar in Prussia Cove, at the Menuhin Gstaad Festival and at the Lucerne Festival.  Her chamber music partners include artists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Maurizio Pollini, Sabine Meyer, Jörg Widman, Steven Isserlis, Leonidas Kavakos, Joshua Bell and Naoko Yoshiko.

In 1998 she was commissioned by the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz to give the first performance in Germany of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Viola Concerto. She has given concerts with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Fabio Luisi, with the MDR Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony Orchesta. Her recording of the Brahms Sonatas, together with Paul Gulda was issued by Deutsche Grammophon in 1997; in the year 2000 on the same label Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Alexander Dumay and the Camerata Salzburg.

Veronika Hagen has had a professorship at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg since 1988 where she teaches viola and chamber music.