Veronika Hagen-Di Ronza

Univ. Prof. for ViolaDepartment String Studies
Veronika Hagen-Di Ronza has been teaching at the Mozarteum University since 1988, and since 2003 she has held a professorship for viola as well as for chamber music. She also imparts her wealth of experience to the next generation in master classes in Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Lucerne, Verbier, Bern and at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg, among others. She is a founding member of the internationally renowned Hagen Quartet.
Veronika Hagen (*1963 in Salzburg) began playing the violin in early childhood before she discovered her love for the viola at the age of 11. The Hagen Quartet developed from the sensational children's quartet together with her three siblings (since 1987 with Rainer Schmidt on the 2nd violin), with which she has been performing on the world's great stages for 40 years now, constantly shaping the string quartet culture in a new and surprising way.  Her teachers and most important chamber music partners in ensembles up to octets include Hatto Beyerle, Gidon Kremer, Heinrich Schiff, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ivry Gitlis, Mitsuko Uchida, Krystian Zimerman, Sabine Meyer, Sol Gabetta and Jörg Widmann. She shares her deep and unpretentious devotion to music with them. Among the countless and award-winning CD recordings that have been released by Deutsche Grammophon since 1985 and by Myrios Classics since 2011 (the latter alone including 2 Echo Klassik Awards), there are also recordings from her solo activities, such as the Brahms viola sonatas with Paul Gulda or Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Augustin Dumay and the Camerata Salzburg.  As a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, she has performed regularly since 2002 under the baton of Claudio Abbado, and after his death Andris Nelsons and Riccardo Chailly followed.