Winner of five international violin competitions and 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” (Berner Zeitung) – Moné Hattori is fast emerging as one of the finest violinists of her generation. At the age of ten she became the youngest ever winner of the Lipinski/Wieniawski Competition (2009), and has gone on to take the Grand Prix at major competitions throughout Europe and Asia.
Hattori works regularly in Japan, performing at the most important concert venues and touring with major orchestras including the New Japan Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. Outside of Japan her career is growing rapidly – she is working with leading orchestras, appearing at major international festivals, and working in chamber music collaborations with such esteemed musicians as cellist Natalia Gutman, violinist Vadim Repin, and pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii.
Recent performance highlights include a European tour with the European Union Youth Orchestra & Vladimir Ashkenazy, performances with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic & Vadim Repin and the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia & Sergey Smbatyan, and tours of Japan with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and Japan Century Symphony Orchestra. During the 2017/2018 concert season, Hattori gave a major concert with the Hyogo PAC Orchestra & Yutaka Sado (to an audience of 14,000 in Tokyo, and televised nationwide in Japan), and made her Scandinavian debut in recital at the Oslo Opera House. Forthcoming highlights include tours of Japan (NHK Symphony), Israel (Israel Camerata), and Germany (Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra). Moné Hattori will also make her Berlin debut with Rundfunk-Symphonieorchester Berlin & Chief Conductor Vladimir Jurowski.
Born in Tokyo in 1999, Hattori grew up within a family of musicians, with three generations of successful composers on her father’s side. In 2004, aged five, she took her first violin lessons with her mother. Following further studies in Japan with Aguri Suzuki, Yasuko Ohtani, and Akiko Tatsumi, at six years old she enrolled in The Music School for Children of the Toho Gakuen School of Music, and made her concerto debut with orchestra at the age of eight. Hattori is now in her first year of the Tokyo College of Music, and has been enrolled in Zakhar Bron’s prestigious Academy in Interlaken, Switzerland, since she was eight years old.
At the age of ten, Hattori 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 International Competition for Young Violinists (Senior Division), Novosibirsk (2013) – again the youngest ever violinist to hold such a title, winning 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’s debut recording – featuring Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1, with the DSO Berlin and conductor Alan Buribayev – was released in Japan in October 2016 by Avex Classics International, Ltd., and met with great critical acclaim: “I was reminded of the debut of Hilary Hahn…” (Stereo Magazine).
Moné Hattori plays a violin by Pietro Guarneri of Venice (1743) on loan from Ueno Fine Chemicals Industry, Ltd.
Moné Hattori will be making an exciting debut with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra on 6 November 2018. Under the guidance of conductor Masamitsu Enkoji, she will perform Ravel’s Tzigane, Thaïs’ Meditation and Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy. The concert will take place in the...read more
Moné Hattori will debut with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Kosuke Tsunoda on the rostrum. They will perform at the Kyoto Concert Hall in Hattori’s native Japan on 6 October, playing Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Violin Concerto in D Major.read more
In a ceremony taking place on 28 September 2018, Moné Hattori will receive the prestigious Arion-Toho Music Award. Given to string players aged 18 and below, the winner each year is selected by a distinguished panel of artists, music critics, and other industry...read more
Moné Hattori performs with legendary violinist and her violin professor of ten years, Zakhar Bron, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. Together they will perform Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, after which Hattori will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major...read more
Moné Hattori will be performing a solo recital as part of the Easter Festival in Oslo, Norway. Accompanied by pianist Jie Zhang, she will cover a range of work from Ernst, Brahms, Ysaÿe, Kreisler, Ravel and Moné’s signature piece Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy. The...read more
Young violinist Moné Hattori returns to the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto under the baton of Maestro Kobayashi Kenichiro. The concert takes place at the “Hall of the Forest 21” – otherwise known as Matsudo City Cultural...read more
Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1
Hattori’s debut recording – featuring Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1, with the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin and conductor Alan Buribayev.
Released on Avex Classics in October 2016.
“[Hattori] plays with utter perfection, emotionally touching and passionate…with an intensity and passion that carries everyone along with her.”Berner Zeitung, 2018
“The fourth generation of musicians in her family, she has received many awards, and in 2013 became the youngest winner of the Grand Prix of the International Competition in Novosibirsk … A magnificent performer with a charming and beautiful subtlety of tone.”CD Journal , 2016
“The look suggested a sweet young prodigy, but when she started performing this impression changed completely; she plays with a truly mature approach… Her concentration increased, and the tension in the music gradually rose – but the performance was not tight nor strained; indeed, conveying an appropriate sense of ennui is her forté.”Ongaku no Tomo , 2015
“Listening to this performance, I was reminded of the debut of Hilary Hahn … Her outstanding talent really comes across clearly … Listening to her play Shostakovich’s great cadenza, I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt a shiver run down their spine.”Stereo, 2016
“Not only in Interlaken is her name on everyone’s lips: Moné Hattori – the crowning masterpiece of Zakhar Bron’s talent academy – is celebrated with standing ovations wherever she plays.”Jungfrau Zeitung , 2015
“She enthuses with radiance, musicality, and perfect technique, playing with an ease and purity that touched and astonished the hall… It is certain that Moné Hattori will be at the forefront of the world’s best violinists…”Jungfrau Zeitung , 2014