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HANNA LACHERT

Polish-born and New York-based violinist Hanna Lachert has played more than 5000 concerts in 56 countries as a member of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra from 1972 till 2012 as well as with various chamber music groups and as a soloist.

Ms. Lachert played her New York debut in 1972 (under the auspices of Carnegie Hall and Jeunesses Musicales), and has given concerts throughout the United States, ranging from a recital in Carnegie Hall, which was broadcast nationwide over public radio, to solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic (under Zubin Mehta), Chelsea Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony and Manchester Festival Orchestra among others. She was also a soloist with Polish, Belgian, German, Israeli, and Mexican orchestras and has made many television and radio appearances. Ms. Lachert has taught at Manhattan School of Music, given Master Classes in Europe and Japan, and judged international violin competitions.

Included in her numerous recordings for the Muza, Telarc, Spectrum, and Musika labels are the complete violin works of Szymanowski, Bartók's Sonata for Violin, concertos by Karłowicz and Dvořák and Sonatas by Penderecki and P. Lachert.

In her native Poland she has played in Warsaw, Kraków, Gdańsk, and Wrocław with leading Polish orchestras under the batons of Jerzy Maksymiuk, Bogusław Madey, Karol Stryja, Stanisław Wisłocki, Antoni Wit, and others. She was also a featured artist in Roman Lasocki's television series "Mistrzowie Wiolonistyki Polskiej" (Master Polish Violinists).

Throughout her life Ms. Lachert has been a champion of music by contemporary composers, with several compositions written for her, including Joanna Bruzdowicz"s Per Due, Charles Whittenberg's Winter Music, Elżbieta Sikora's Solo, Marta Ptaszyńska's Mancala, Piotr Lachert's Trois Sketchs, Concerto per violino, Vino- Vino, IX Sonata and 25 Sonata. From Warsaw's Radio Studio 3 "Musical Workshop", "Diabolus Musicus," and chamber music ensembles under Pierre Boulez to New York Philharmonic's "Contact" she has played an array of classics of the 20th century.

Ms. Lachert comes from a musical family. Her brother, Piotr, is a composer. Playing from the age of three, she was a child prodigy at the piano, and she took up the violin when she was eight. Her studies culminated in master's degrees with honors from both The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the University of Connecticut. She further earned a Solisten Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover and a Premier Prix with distinction from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels.

Ms. Lachert was the president and co-founder of the American Society for Polish Music from 1991-97 for which she received a Paderewski Medal. In 2015 the President of Poland bestowed upon her the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic. She is now co-artistic director of the Waterville Valley Music Center in New Hampshire. Ms. Lachert plays on a violin made in 1982 by her luthier husband, David Segal. Her daughter Adi Segal is an artist, and her son Yaniv Segal is a conductor.


Short biography

Violinist HANNA LACHERT made her New York debut in 1972 and has since performed throughout Europe and the United States, ranging from a recital in Carnegie Hall to solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic. She has made many television and radio appearances, performed chamber music and given master classes worldwide, and judged a variety of international violin competitions. A champion of contemporary music, several compositions have been written for her. She can be heard on the Muza, Telarc, Spectrum and Musika labels, and she was featured in Roman Lasocki's television series Mistrzowie Wiolonistyki Polskiej (Master Polish Violinist). President and co-founder of the American Society for Polish Music from 1991-1997, for which she received a Paderewski medal, she is now artistic director of the Waterville Valley Music Center (New Hampshire). In 2015 the President of Poland bestowed upon her the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic. She plays on a violin made in 1982 by her husband, David Segal.

Current
2012-present"Behind the Scenes" Creative and Artistic Consultations
Orchestral Experience
1972-2012New York Philharmonic (P. Boulez, Z. Mehta, K. Masur, L. Maazel, A. Gilbert)
1993-1994The Secret Garden-First National Tour (Concertmaster)
1971-1972American Symphony Orchestra (L. Stokowski)
1971 (summer)New Jersey Symphony (H. Lewis)
1970-1971Springfield Symphony (R. Gutter) (Associate Concertmaster)
1969-1971Hartford Symphony (A. Winograd)
1968-1969"De Philharmonie" of Antwerp Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels
1967-1968Niedersachsen Orchestra in Hannover
Chamber Music Experience
1999-2012Waterville Trio
1984-2012New York Philharmonic Chamber Music Ensembles
1997-2008Waterville Ensembles
1987-1990 Chamber Music Plus of Hartford (Conn.)
1960-19692 years of String quartet (Warsaw)
3 years in Baroque ensemble "Con moto ma cantabile" (Warsaw)
2 years in avant-garde ensemble "Musical Workshop" (Warsaw)
1 year in "Brussels Kammerorchest"
2 years Sonata Duo with Piotr Lachert-pianist
Solo career
Soloist with orchestras in Poland, Belgium, Germany, Israel, Mexico and in US (New York Philharmonic, Chelsea Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Manchester Festival Orchestra and others). Recitals, Radio and TV broadcast in USA and Europe (Poland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Finland, etc.)
Other experience
1997-presentCo-Founder and Artistic Director Waterville Valley Music Center, Waterville, NH
1992Paderewski Medal awarded by the Polish Embassy
1990-1997Co-Founder and President of the American Society for Polish Music
1975-More than 50 publications in "RUCH MUZYCZNY" (Polish bi-weekly Music Magazine) and "NOWY DZIENNIK" (Polish Daily)
Fluent in Polish, English, French, Russian;
Working knowledge of German and Hebrew
Teaching
Master classes in Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Warsaw, Łancut (Zenon Brzewski International Master Classes of Music)
Private coaching
1997-PresentWaterville Valley Music Center Summer School
1997-1999Manhattan School of Music
1969-1971University of Connecticut
Education
1969-1971Storrs, University of Connecticut-M.A. (with honors)
1968-1969Brussels, Conservatoire Royale de la Musique-Premier Prix (with distinction) in chamber music
1967-1968Hannover, Hochschule für Musik, Diploma in Solistenclasse
1963-1967Warsaw, Academy of Music-M.A. (with honors)
1958-1963Warsaw, Lyceum of Music-Diploma (with honors)
Teachers: T. Wroński, Z. Brzewski, A. Gertler, L. Poulet, B. Gimpel, H. Szeryng
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