Violinist William Hagen

REXBURG, Idaho ­­­- Violinist William Hagen will perform the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Brigham Young University-Idaho Symphony Orchestra Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg.

Hagen is the third prize winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition (the highest ranking American since 1980). He is also second prize winner of the 2014 Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition.

Under the direction of Dr. Robert Tueller, the orchestra will also perform the Karelia Overture and Symphony No. 7 by Jean Sibelius.

A native of Utah, Hagen began violin lessons at the age of four. At age 10, he entered the studio of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, commuting to Los Angeles for lessons.

After two years of study with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School, he returned to Los Angeles in 2012 to study with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. He plays on an Andrea Guarneri violin (Cremona, c. 1675).

Tickets for the Center Stage concert are $6 for the general public and $3 for BYU-Idaho students. Tickets can be purchased at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 496-3170 or online at