Maurice Hasson has established an international reputation for performances of deep musical sensitivity combined with an apparently effortless virtuoso technique.
Maurice was born in France and is a citizen of both France and Venezuela. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire where he graduated with a First Prize for violin, a “Grand Prix” for chamber music and the first “Prix d’Honneur” to be awarded for sixty years. He became a pupil of Henryk Szeryng, who had an important artistic influence on him. Maurice has been based in London since 1973. He made his USA debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under Lorin Maazel and since has been invited to play with the Orchestra many times in both North and South America. He appears with all the major symphony orchestras and in chamber music throughout Europe, the Nordic countries, USA, Israel, South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He is also a frequent guest of European radio and television stations.
He was invited by the BBC to celebrate Paganini’s Bicentenary in a public televised concert, giving a memorable performance of the No.1 Concerto. He contributed to the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the death of Antonio Stradivari with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed in the Gala Stradivarius Concert at the Barbican.
Maurice has played under the baton of Paavo Berglund, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sachio Fujioka, Sir Alexander Gibson, Sir Charles Groves, Eliahu Inbal, Sir Raymond Leppard, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Eduardo Mata, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Michel Plasson, Sir Simon Rattle, Carlos Riazuelo and Pinchas Steinberg amongst others.
He has recorded for EMI-MFP, ASV, Pickwick and Philips. Many of his recordings have been singled out for special praise, amongst them Paganini Concerto No.1, Bach’s Double Concerto with Henryk Szeryng (Academy of St.Martin’s in the Fields/Marriner), “Virtuoso Violin” with Ian Brown, Gonzalo Castellanos Yumar’s Violin Concerto, a work dedicated to him (London Symphony Orchestra, the composer conducting) and Sonatas by Fauré, Franck and Debussy with Christian Ivaldi.
Maurice is a Professor and Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. His masterclasses, which he gives at several international festivals, are much sought after. In 1996 Maurice was granted the highest distinction the Venezuelan Government bestows on an artist, the “Order of Andrés Bello” in its first class. The city of Paris honoured him with the “Medaille de Vermeil”.