Maurice Hasson

Maurice Hasson

Strings

Hon RAM

Violin

“The violin is in his heart, as well as his fingers…executive genius!” Financial Times

“Hasson played like an angel from start to finish of a demanding programme .. it certainly left no doubt that as far as technique and sensibility are concerned he has all the gifts..” Stephen Walsh, The Times 

“Hasson’s attack is brilliant indeed – tremendous athletic pounce, fearless speed, staggering assurance, beautifully full and even tone. No less remarkable is the cool intelligence that guides all this… a sovereign performance!” David Murray, Financial Times 

“.. his impeccably clean and fluent technique never became simply an end in itself, but provided the necessary foundation for playing of a finely controlled subtlety of expression culminating in an immaculately designed performance..” Robert Henderson, Daily Telegraph 

Maurice was born in France and is a citizen of both France and Venezuela, where he played a significant role in the musical life of the country. He graduated at the Paris Conservatoire 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 then became a pupil of Henryk Szeryng, who had an important artistic influence on him.

Maurice has been based in London since 1973. 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 organized by the Academy at the Barbican.

He made his USA debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under Lorin Maazel and was invited to play with the Orchestra in both North and South America. He appeared with all major symphony orchestras and in chamber music throughout Europe, the Nordic countries, USA, Israel, South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Maurice has played, amongst others, 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, Diego Matheuz, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Michel Plasson, Sir Simon Rattle, Carlos Riazuelo, Pinchas Steinberg and Mark Wigglesworth.

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 Professor and Honorary Member at the Royal Academy of Music since 1986. His masterclasses at international festivals are much sought after. He takes great pride and pleasure in seeing so many of his students excel in international careers as soloists, chamber musicians, leaders and players in renowned orchestras and, of course, teachers.

In 1996 Maurice was granted the highest distinction the Venezuelan Government bestows on an artist, the “Order of Andrés Bello in First Class”. He refused the “Order of Francisco de Miranda in First Class” denouncing the totalitarian regime in power since 1999 in his country of adoption. The city of Paris honoured him with the “Medaille de Vermeil”.