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.
Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 in g minor
Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 in g minor
Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 in g minor
Moné Hattori will tour Asia in August with dates in Shanghai (10 Aug), Beijing (14 Aug), Hong Kong (15 Aug), Taipei (18 Aug), Chiayi City (21 Aug), Seoul (23 Aug), Kumamoto (27 Aug), and Tokyo (31 Aug). Moné will perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor with...read more
Violinist Moné Hattori will tour Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, with performances in Obihiro (July 8), Kushiro (July 9), Kitami (July 11), Asahikawa (July 12), and Sapporo (July 13).read more
Violinist Moné Hattori will perform at the Mie Bunka Kaikan in Tsu, Japan, on 20 April 2019. Part of a special soloist series, the concert programme will include Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy, Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No 1, and Tchaikovsky’s Valse-Scherzo Op 34, as well as...read more
Moné Hattori will be making her debut with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra on 5 January 2019, performing Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy and Massenet’s Meditation. This marks an exciting return to Oslo following a successful Scandinavian debut in the 2017/2018 concert season....read more
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
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