Born in Salzburg in 1995, cellist Julia Hagen received her first cello lesson at the age of five from Detlef Mielke at Musikum Salzburg. She studied with Enrico Bronzi at the Mozarteum University Salzburg from 2007 to 2011, and subsequently with Reinhard Latzko and Heinrich Schiff at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. From 2015 to 2019, she continued her training in the class of Jens Peter Maintz at Berlin University of the Arts.
Julia Hagen was selected as one of six young cellists to take part in Gautier Capuçon’s Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle from 2014 to 2016. Masterclasses with Gábor Takács-Nagy, Pamela Frank, Lawrence Power, Nobuko Imai, Torleif Thedéen, Laurence Lesser and Claudio Bohórquez complete her training to date.
At the age of 14, she made her debut at Brucknerhaus Linz with the Wiener Jeunesse Orchester. This was followed by concerts in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium and Norway. She has subsequently performed with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica della Valle d’Aosta, Kurpfalz Chamber Orchestra Mannheim, Quarta4 Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Romania, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Turin. She is likewise a welcome guest at major festivals such as Beethovenfest Bonn, the Allegro Vivo Festival, Diabelli Sommer, the Piatti Festival, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Rencontres musicales d’Evian and Musiktage Mondsee, as well as at Wiener Konzerthaus and the Società dei Concerti Trieste.
Her debut CD was released in January 2019 under Hänssler Classic. It features recordings of both Brahms cello sonatas and arrangements of his Lieder performed with her duo partner, pianist Annika Treutler.
Julia Hagen has won several first prizes and special awards in the national music competition “Prima La Musica” (solo and chamber music awards), and won the International Cello Competition in Liezen in 2010. In summer 2014, she was awarded the ESTA Austria special prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition, and in October 2016 she won the Benedetto Mazzacurati International Cello Competition, at which she also received the audience prize. In addition, she was awarded the Hajek-Boss-Wagner Culture Award in the summer of 2017. The young cellist has been a member of the Seiji Ozawa International Academy and the Verbier Festival Academy, where she was awarded the Prix Jean-Nicolas Firmenich in 2016 as the best upcoming cellist. She has also taken part in the Vienna Philharmonic’s chamber music project in Salzburg.
Julia Hagen plays a cello by Francesco Ruggeri (Cremona 1684), which is privately loaned to her.