Clemens Hagen, born in 1966, started playing the cello at an early age.
He studied at the Mozarteum and with Heinrich Schiff at the Basel Musikhochschule.Mr. Hagen won two prizes awarded by the Vienna Philharmonic, the prize for musicians under the age of 19 and the Karl Bam Prize.
As soloist he has toured throughout Europe and has appeared with such orchestras at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Franz Welser-Möst, Vienna Symphony, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg and the NHK Symphony.
He has also performed as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado, including one of the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall concerts in November 1996. He regularly appears at Lockenhaus and the Schubertiade in Austria. He has joined his sister Veronika and Gidon Kremer at London’s Wigmore Hall for the festival « Schnittke: A Celebration, » and has toured with Mr. Kremer’s chamber ensemble (Kremerata Musica). His recital collaborators include Hélène Grimaud, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Stefan Vladar, Oleg Maisenberg and Olli Mustonen. Since 1989 Clemens Hagen has held a professorship at the Mozarteum.