Cellist Clemens Hagen was born in Salzburg to a musical family. At the age of six he began to study the cello; two years later he was a student at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and he then went on to study at the Conservatoire in Basel under Wilfred Tachezi and Heinrich Schiff. In 1983 he received a special award from the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Karl Böhm Award.
Clemens Hagen has performed with many illustrious orchestras, among them the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the Freiburg Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Tokyo’s NHK Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors including Claudio Abbado, Sylvain Cambreling, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Manfred Honeck, Ingo Metzmacher, Horst Stein and Franz Welser-Möst.
Clemens Hagen performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto at the Styriarte Graz with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Thomas Zehetmair and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. This project was produced by Warner Classics. He has toured Germany with the Houston Symphony Orchestra under Hans Graf. In 2006 Clemens Hagen returned to the Cleveland Orchestra for concerts under Osmo Vänskä.
In addition to his solo recitals and regular concerts with the Hagen Quartet, he performs chamber music with Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon, Itamar Golan, Paul Gulda, Héléne Grimaud, Gidon Kremer, Oleg Maisenberg, András Schiff, Benjamin Schmid and Mitsuko Uchida.
Clemens Hagen has toured with the Radio Philharmonie Hannover NDR and Eiji Oue, performing in Vienna, Budapest and Zagreb. He has also performed trio concerts of Bach’s Goldberg Variations (arranged by Sitkovetsky) together with Mihaela Martin and Nobuko Imai in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Vienna.
For the opening concert of the Wiener Festwochen (Vienna International Festival) in 2009, Clemens Hagen was invited as a soloist to perform with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
His recordings include the Beethoven Cello Sonatas together with Paul Gulda for JVC Records and the Brahms Double Concerto with Gidon Kremer and the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Nikolaus Harnoncourt for Teldec. Recently Dabringhaus und Grimm released a CD featuring chamber music by Brahms and Pfizner, recorded with Benjamin Schmid and Claudius Tanski.
Clemens Hagen plays an Antonio Stradivari cello from 1698.