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Salzburg (Austria). Born in Salzburg, at the age of six she begins to learn music with her father, at that time concertmaster of the Mozarteum Orchestra. She then continued her studies at the Musik Hochschule of Salzburg with Professor Helmut Zehetmair and at the Musik Hochschule of Hannover with Professor Hatto Beyerle. During her studies she won several prizes, amongst them, the International Viola Competition of Budapest in 1984. Veronika Hagen is founding member of the Hagen Quartet, which has performed in the most prestigious halls in the world. Her creative evolution is documented in a number of recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon label. As well as her activity as soloist, she has performed with Elena Bashkirova, Joshua Bell, Gérard Caussé, Augustin Dumay, Ivry Gitlis, Paul Gulda, Tatjana Grindenko, Steven Isserlis, Gidon Kremer, Alexander Lonquich, Heinrich Schiff, amongst others. During her collaboration with the pianist Paul Gulda, she recorded the famous CD with the Brahms Sonatas for the label DGG in 1997. As soloist and for chamber ensembles, she is regularly invited to participate at the international festivals in Salzburg, Lockenhaus, Lucerna, Kuhmo, Prussia Cove, Edinburgh and many others. In 1998, Veronika Hagen premiered in Germany Sofia Gubaidulina's Viola Concerto with the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz conducted by Andrej Boreyko. In 2000 she recorded for DGG Mozart's Concertante with the violinist Augustin Dumay and the Salzburg Camerata. During the 2001-2002 season, she performed with the Tokio Symphonic, La Suisse Romande Orchestra and the Salzburg Camerata, amongst others. Verónica Hagen plays a Giovanni Paolo Magini (Brescia) Viola from the collection of the National Bank of Austria.