Violinist Augustin Hadelich has won the first-ever Warner Music Prize, a new classical music award. Launched by the American-based recording company Warner Music Group, the $100,000 prize will be awarded annually to a musician under the age of 35 “who demonstrates exceptional talent and promise.”
Nominees were drawn from a list of singers and instrumentalists presented by Carnegie Hall in significant solo roles during the 2014-15 season. Hadelich, who will make his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut in concerts Nov. 11-14, was selected from a group of 16 finalists by a jury of world-renowned classical musicians and music industry leaders. Along with the cash prize, the award brings an opportunity to make a recording for Warner Classics. The prize is also funded by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, which supports classical music and cultural projects.
The Warner Music Prize is the latest in Hadelich’s series of honors, which include the Gold Medal at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2010 and the 2012 Martin E. Segal Award from New York’s Lincoln Center.
Born in Italy to German parents, Hadelich now lives in New York City. He performs with the 1723 “ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivarius violin, on loan from benefactors of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.