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William Hagen

 


Twenty year-old violinist William Hagen is quickly emerging as one of the 
most talented violinists of his generation. He has been consistently praised by 
audiences and reviewers alike for combining virtuosity and musicality in 
performances around the country. 
During the 2011/12 season, William made his subscription debut soloing 
with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, playing three performances of the 
Tchaikovsky Concerto under Miguel Harth-Bedoya. His performance was selected 
as one of the top 10 classical music events of 2012 in Dallas/Fort Worth by the Fort 
Worth Star Telegram. According to Gregory Sullivan Isaacs’ review in 
TheaterJones.com, “there was a feeling of being present at the start of a great 
career that came from players and audience alike. When all of the (orchestral) 
musicians put down their instruments to applaud a soloist with both hands, you 
know that something exceptional has happened.”
Since his solo debut at the age of 9 with the Utah Symphony under the 
direction of Keith Lockhart, William has appeared as soloist with orchestras 
around the country, including the St. Louis Symphony under Ward Stare; the 
Buffalo Philharmonic with JoAnn Falletta (broadcast live on NPR’s From the Top); 
the Albany Symphony with David Alan Miller; the Utah Symphony with Keith 
Lockhart, Scott O’Neill, and Christopher Seaman; and repeat performances with 
the Jacksonville Symphony under Fabio Mechetti and guest conductor Matthew 
Kraemer. 
An active chamber musician, William has performed with Itzhak Perlman at 
the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., The Metropolitan 
Museum of Art in New York, and at Princeton University through the Perlman 
Music Program. During the 2012/13 season, he appears on the Colburn Chamber 
Music Society Series at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, and he recently collaborated 
with members of the Utah Symphony in a special charity concert.
William has participated in numerous summer festivals including the 
Perlman Music Program, the ENCORE School for Strings, and in Ottawa at the 
NAC Summer Music Institute, working with Robert Lipsett, Itzhak Perlman, and 
Pinchas Zukerman. He attended Aspen Music Festival on a New Horizons 
Fellowship, and was awarded the Dorothy DeLay Scholarship at The Juilliard 
School.
A native of Utah, William began violin lessons at the age of four. Following 
initial studies with Natalie Reed and Deborah Moench, William entered the studio of renowned master teacher Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School of Performing 
Arts in Los Angeles, where he studied for seven years. While at Colburn, he 
participated in master classes with Pinchas Zukerman and Joseph Silverstein. 
After studying for two years with Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School, Will has 
returned to study with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music 
as a candidate for a Bachelor’s degree in Music.
Outside of musical pursuits, William is an avid baseball fan. William played 
baseball for many years, hitting 24 home runs, including a grand slam for the East 
High School varsity baseball team in Salt Lake City. He is an enthusiastic fan of 
the San Francisco Giants.