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Moné Hattori

Violinist

Recent & Upcoming Highlights

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo
Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra
Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
Osaka Symphony Orchestra
Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

Video

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Paganini 24 Caprices for Solo Violin No.17
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Jewel of Japan
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Ernst “The Last Rose of Summer” Variations
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Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra
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Paganini Violin Concerto No.1, Op.6, Cadenza
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Ysaÿe – Sonata for Solo Violin, Op.27 No.2 (IV- Les Furies – Allegro furioso)

Biography

Winner of five international violin competitions and likened to a young Hilary Hahn (Stereo Magazine), Moné Hattori is fast emerging as one of the most exciting violinists of her generation.  She is widely heralded as “A virtuoso violinist, brilliant and sparkling” (France Musique), and “dazzling beyond her years” (BBC Music Magazine), with playing described as “utter perfection, emotionally touching and passionate, enthusing with radiance, musicality, and perfect technique”.  She has also been championed as “both touching and astonishing – certain to be at the forefront of the world’s best violinists” (Berner Zeitung).

The 2019/2020 concert season saw a number of significant musical highlights for Hattori, including her debut with the DSO Berlin & Robin Ticciati, performing Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1, and returns to Osaka Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Toyko Vivaldi Ensemble.  In March 2020, Hattori was due to undertake an extensive tour of Hungary & Germany, play/directing the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra.  Unfortunately, after meeting with exaltant critical acclaim at the Vigadó Concert Hall, Budapest, the tour was cut short on account of the European outbreak of COVID19.  Amongst other performances requiring postponement due to the pandemic were concerts with the Japan Philharmonic, Lithuanian State Symphony, and the NHK Symphony/Paavo Järvi.

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The 2020/2021 season opens with three subscription concerts of the Beethoven Concerto under Myung-Whun Chung with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.  Forthcoming highlights also include Hattori’s French debut (Toulon Symphony Orchestra/Marzena Diakun), a tour of Taiwan (Taiwan Soloists Symphony/Pang-Hsing Hsiao), and a 17-concert play/direct tour of Germany (with the Janáček Chamber Orchestra).

For several seasons now, Hattori has been working regularly at the highest levels in Japan.  She frequently performs at the most important concert venues and appears with major orchestras, including the New Japan Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.  Recent highlights have included multi-concert national tours as soloist with the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

Outside of Japan, Hattori’s career is also growing rapidly.  Summer 2019 saw her embark upon an extensive tour of Asia with the Asian Youth Orchestra, which marked her debuts in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan.  Other recent territorial debuts have included Scandinavia (in recital at Den Norske Opera), Germany and Italy (as soloist with European Union Youth Orchestra & Vladimir Ashkenazy), and in Eastern Europe at the Trans-Siberian Festival (Novosibirsk Philharmonic & Vadim Repin and State Youth Orchestra of Armenia & Sergey Smbatyan).

Born in Tokyo in September 1999, Hattori grew up within a family of musicians, with three generations of successful composers on her father’s side.  Following initial violin lessons with her mother, at six years old she joined the Toho Gakuen School of Music, where her professors included Aguri Suzuki and Akiko Tatsumi.  Since the age of eight, she has also been enrolled in Zakhar Bron’s prestigious Academy in Switzerland.  Currently, Hattori is enjoying her time as a student at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, Tokyo.

Hattori holds the Grand Prix of five international violin competitions, often as the youngest winner on record.  Aged ten, she became the youngest ever winner of the 11th International Competition for Young Violinists in Honour of Karol Lipinski & Henryk Wieniawski, Poland (2009), also taking First Prize at the All Japan Art Association Competition that same year.  She went on to win the Grand Prix and various special prizes at the 9th International Competition ‘Young Virtuosos’, Bulgaria (2013), and the 7th Novosibirsk International Violin Competition (Senior Division), Russia (2013) – in which she won the ‘17 years and over’ category at the age of just 13.  Most recently, Hattori won the Grand Prix at the inaugural International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition in Bern, Switzerland (2015).  In 2020, she was awarded a Career Grant from New York’s Salon de Virtuosi.

Hattori made her debut recording with DSO Berlin, featuring Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 and Waxman Carmen Fantasy.  Released in Japan on Avex Classics in 2016, and in the rest of the world on ICA Classics in 2019, this recording has received great critical acclaim, including: “A magnificent performer woth a charming and beautiful subtlety of tone” (CD Journal), and “I was reminded of the debut of Hilary Hahn…” (Stereo Magazine).

Moné Hattori plays a violin by Pietro Guarneri of Venice (1743) on kind loan from Ueno Fine Chemicals Industry, Ltd.

News

Moné Hattori in recital

Moné Hattori in recital

On 27 November 2020, Moné Hattori gives a recital in Yokohama, Japan. Her programme includes...

Reviews

“A dazzling young virtuoso of outstanding potential”

The Violin Channel

2020

“An impressive debut…. Hattori delivers a beyond-her-years Shostakovich and dazzles in the Waxman.”

BBC Music Magazine

2019

“Remember the name of Moné Hattori! A virtuoso violinist, brilliant and sparkling.”

France Musique

2019

“The highlight of the season is the appearance of Moné Hattori – one of the most exciting violinists of the younger generation.”

Stuttgarter Nachrichten

2019

“The young violinist Moné Hattori impresses with her light yet passionate playing.”

Schwarzwälder Bote

2019

“[Hattori] is one of the best female soloists of her generation – a rising star of the international violin heavens.”

Wochenblatt-Reporter.de

2019

“[Hattori] plays with utter perfection, emotionally touching and passionate…with an intensity and passion that carries everyone along with her.”

Berner Zeitung

2018

“Listening to this performance, I was reminded of the debut of Hilary Hahn … Her outstanding talent really comes across clearly … Listening to her play Shostakovich’s great cadenza, I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt a shiver run down their spine.”

Stereo

2016

“The fourth generation of musicians in her family, she has received many awards, and in 2013 became the youngest winner of the Grand Prix of the International Competition in Novosibirsk … A magnificent performer with a charming and beautiful subtlety of tone.”

CD Journal

2016

“The look suggested a sweet young prodigy, but when she started performing this impression changed completely; she plays with a truly mature approach… Her concentration increased, and the tension in the music gradually rose – but the performance was not tight nor strained; indeed, conveying an appropriate sense of ennui is her forté.”

Ongaku no Tomo

2015

“Not only in Interlaken is her name on everyone’s lips: Moné Hattori – the crowning masterpiece of Zakhar Bron’s talent academy – is celebrated with standing ovations wherever she plays.”

Jungfrau Zeitung

2015

“She enthuses with radiance, musicality, and perfect technique, playing with an ease and purity that touched and astonished the hall… It is certain that Moné Hattori will be at the forefront of the world’s best violinists…”

Jungfrau Zeitung

2014

Discography

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Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1

Released March 2019 on ICA Classics (Worldwide)

Hattori’s debut recording – featuring Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1, with the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin and conductor Alan Buribayev.

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Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1

Released October 2016 on Avex Classics (Japan only)

Hattori’s debut recording – featuring Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1, with the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin and conductor Alan Buribayev.