Hae-Sun Kang is one of the most sought-after violinists on the international contemporary music scene. She is held in high regard by audiences and composers alike, as evidenced by the ever-growing number of works that have been dedicated to her.

Hae-Sun Kang began playing the violin at the age of three in her native South Korea. At the age of 15, she moved to Paris to continue her studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, where she teaches today. Inspiring figures in her musical development included Yfrah Neaman, Franco Gulli, Wolfgang Schneiderhahn, Herman Krebbers, Josef Gingold and Yehudi Menuhin. She has won prizes at several major international violin competitions, including Rodolfo Lipizer (Italy), the ARD Music Competition Munich, Carl Flesch (London) and Yehudi Menuhin (Paris).

In 1993, she was appointed concertmaster of the Orchestre de Paris, where her playing caught the attention of Pierre Boulez. The following year, she joined Ensemble intercontemporain as a solo violinist.

Hae-Sun Kang has premiered many important works for her instrument, including violin concertos by Pascal Dusapin, Ivan Fedele and Michael Jarrell (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra). She is regularly invited to perform the violin concerto by fellow Korean Unsuk Chin and has played the violin concertos of Matthias Pintscher and Beat Furrer with the Orchestre National de Belgique and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. In 1997, she premiered Pierre Boulez‘ Anthèmes II for solo violin and electronics in Donaueschingen. Since then she has performed the work, which she also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, in concert halls and at festivals all over the world, including Salzburg, Helsinki, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique Paris and New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2007, she recorded Michael Jarrell’s violin concerto …prisme/incidences… for the French label Aeon with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

In her solo recitals, Hae-Sun Kang frequently performs new pieces written especially for her. The most recent of these works include Samarasa, a work for solo violin by Dai Fujikura and Bruno Mantovani’s All’ungarese with Florent Boffard (piano), which she premiered at the Messiaen Festival in 2010 and 2009. She also presented in two solo concerts in the series Festspiel+ at the Munich Opera Festival 2008 Georges Aperghis‘ solo work The Only Line. Hae-Sun Kang gave the premiere of Marco Stroppa’s Hist Whist for violin and chamber electronics (Printemps des Arts de Monaco, 2008), a piece by Beat Furrer for solo violin (Ultraschall Festival Berlin, 2007) and Unsuk Chin’s Double Bind? (Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord Paris, 2007).

Hae-Sun Kang started the season at the Lucerne Festival with the Swiss premiere of Philippe Manoury’s Partita II for solo violin and electronics, after she had premiered the work in July 2012 at the Messiaen Festival. A version without live electronics was presented at the Festival Traiettorie in Parma, where she was invited for two recitals in September and October. In 2013, besides recitals and Japan and South Korea, she will perform Brice Pauset’s Vita Nova for violin and ensemble with the Ensemble intercontemporain under the direction of Pierre Boulez at the Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Opera de Bordeaux’s auditorium.