Kathrin ten Hagen | Photo: Your Look GmbH Düsseldorf
„Learning from Each Other“: Kathrin ten Hagen is the New Violin Professor at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar
The University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar has appointed the experienced violinist and chamber musician Kathrin ten Hagen as its new professor for violin. Beginning with the winter semester 2018/19, she will fortify the Department of String Instruments and Harp.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to be in Weimar and teach at a university that offers so much inspiration for artistic creativity and productive collaboration, both through its traditional roots and its abundance of innovative projects,” Kathrin ten Hagen says.
“Already during my time as a student and an assistant at the New England Conservatory in Boston under Donald Weilerstein, I experienced how important it is to work very individually with all students in order to develop each student’s musical ideas and power of expression so that they are able to realise them in their own interpretation. A well thought out technique programme, with which students can develop their own exercises, is just as important as the conscious use of the entire body to produce sound,” the violinist explains.
“I want to establish a class of students, in which the musicians from completely different cultures can learn from each other. It is a wonderful vocation to be able to accompany young people along their path as artists, and I learn very much from them.”
Kathrin ten Hagen gave her debut at the age of 14 with the Nuremberg Symphonic Orchestra under Marc Andreae. Since then she has become an internationally sought soloist and has performed with orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Hamburger Symphoniker, the State Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, the KlassikPhilharmonie Hamburg, the State Chamber Orchestra of the Belarus Republic, the Kammerorchester Arcata Stuttgart, the Kammersymphonie Leipzig, the Baroque Ensemble Boston and the USC Symphony Orchestra.
Tours and guest performances took her to Russia, Argentina, Uruguay, Portugal, the USA and China. Her concerts have been broadcast by Deutschland Radio, WDR 3 and Bayern 4 Klassik.
In November 2014, her CD “Northern Lights” was released, featuring Nordic violin concertos with the Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen under Johannes Klumpp. Her CDs “Eastern Impressions” with the Canadian pianist Christina Wright-Ivanowa and “Musique Romantique” with works for violin, viola and two violoncellos were also released in 2014.
Since 2011, Kathrin ten Hagen has taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig. She teaches violin and chamber music at the Euro Music Festival Halle and has given other master classes at the International Music Academy Chernihiv and the Festival Amici della Musica di Lucera.
She also worked as Donald Weilerstein’s assistant at the New England Conservatory, and she taught at the Young Artists Programme of the Yellow Barn Festival. In May 2019, her own Festival „Classic Festival !MPRESS!ONS“ will take place in Jülich.
Kathrin ten Hagen has been awarded first prizes at numerous international competitions such as the Donald Portnoy International Violin Competition, the California International Young Artists Competition and the International Marschner Competition. As a passionate chamber musician, she has performed with Wen-Sinn Yang, Gregor Horsch, Peter Frankl, Gerald Fauth, Stefan Palm, Mirjam Tschopp, Silke Avenhaus, Jens Peter Maintz and Gustav Rivinius.
She gave her debut with the „TenHagen Quartett“ in 2014 at the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie. Both in the USA and Germany, she engages herself in outreach and lecture concerts, in order to attract a broader audience to classical music. She performs regularly for the project founded by Lars Vogt called „Rhapsody in School“.
She is especially interested in contemporary music. Kathrin ten Hagen’s repertoire comprises a large number of classical modernist works but also includes pieces composed after 1970, including compositions by Henze, Marschner, Balassa, Suslin, Widmann, Yun and Zimmermann. She works with composers such as Stefano Taglietti, Kurt Hauschild, Dorothee Eberhardt and Edgar Mann and is actively involved in workshops for New Music.
Further information: www.kathrintenhagen.de