Winner of five international violin competitions and likened to a young Hilary Hahn (Stereo Magazine), Moné Hattori is fast emerging as one of the finest violinists of her generation. She is widely heralded as “the crowing masterpiece of Zakhar Bron’s talent academy”, with playing described as “utter perfection, emotionally touching and passionate”, and “enthusing with radiance, musicality, and perfect technique”, and is championed by the Swiss press as “certain to be at the forefront of the world’s best violinists” (Berner Zeitung).
The 2019/2020 concert season represents many significant debuts and particular musical highlights for Hattori. In September 2019, she debuts with the DSO Berlin & Robin Ticciati, performing Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1. In March 2020, she makes her Hungarian debut in Budapest with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, before undertaking an extensive 17-concert play-direct tour of Germany with the ensemble. In May 2020, Hattori has the honour of performing Chausson’s Poème in a special concert in honour of the 2020 Olympic Games, as soloist with the NHK Symphony Orchestra & Paavo Järvi.
For several seasons now, Hattori has been working regularly in Japan. She frequently performs at the most important concert venues and appears with major orchestras, including the New Japan Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent highlights have included multi-concert national tours as soloist with the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.
Outside of Japan, Hattori’s career is also growing rapidly. Summer 2019 saw her embark upon an extensive tour of Asia with the Asian Youth Orchestra, which marked her debuts in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. Other recent territorial debuts have included Scandinavia (Den Norske Opera), Germany and Italy (European Union Youth Orchestra & Vladimir Ashkenazy), and the Trans-Siberian Festival (Novosibirsk Philharmonic & Vadim Repin and State Youth Orchestra of Armenia & Sergey Smbatyan).
Born in Tokyo in September 1999, Hattori grew up within a family of musicians, with three generations of successful composers on her father’s side. Following initial violin lessons with her mother, at six years old she joined the Toho Gakuen School of Music, where her professors included Aguri Suzuki and Akiko Tatsumi. Since the age of eight, she has also been enrolled in Zakhar Bron’s prestigious Academy in Switzerland. Currently, Hattori is enjoying her time as a first-year student at the Toho Gakuen School of Music.
Hattori holds the Grand Prix of five international violin competitions, often as the youngest winner on record. Aged ten, she became the youngest ever winner of the 11th International Competition for Young Violinists in Honour of Karol Lipinski & Henryk Wieniawski, Poland (2009), also taking First Prize at the All Japan Art Association Competition that same year. She went on to win the Grand Prix and various special prizes at the 9th International Competition ‘Young Virtuosos’, Bulgaria (2013), and the 7th Novosibirsk International Violin Competition (Senior Division), Russia (2013) – in which she won the ‘17 years and over’ category at the age of just 13. Most recently, Hattori won the Grand Prix at the inaugural International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition in Bern, Switzerland (2015).
Hattori made her debut recording with DSO Berlin, featuring Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 and Waxman Carmen Fantasy. Released in Japan on Avex Classics in 2016, and in the rest of the world on ICA Classics in 2019, this recording has received great critical acclaim, including: “A magnificent perform with a charming beauty and subtlety of tone” (CD Journal) and “I was reminded of the debut of Hilary Hahn…” (Stereo Magazine).
Moné Hattori plays a violin by Pietro Guarneri of Venice (1743) on kind loan from Ueno Fine Chemicals Industry, Ltd.