Double bassist Susan Hagen performs often as an extra player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has also appeared frequently with the Boston Pops/Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Emmanuel Music of Boston, New England String Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Opera Boston, the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony, among others. In recent years she has been a soloist with the Waltham Philharmonic, Harvard Summer School Orchestra, Salem Philharmonic, Nashua Chamber Orchestra, Boston Conservatory String Ensemble, the Warren (Ohio) Philharmonic and the Sharon Community Chamber Orchestra. An active chamber musician, she is a founding member of Trio Nordica, and has performed with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Winsor Music, and the Radius Ensemble.
Having toured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, Ms. Hagen has performed with such diverse artists as Gil Shaham, Christian Tetzlaff, Harry Connick Jr, Kenny Loggins, Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Mariah Carey, Bjork, Branford Marsalis, Mary J Blige, Mark Anthony, Roberta Flack, Idina Menzel, Stephanie J Block, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Mariache Cobre, Bernadette Peters, Rockapella, the Swingle Swingers, Linda Eder, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, and Brian Stokes Mitchell, and has recorded for Arsis and BMOP Sound among many other labels. Ms. Hagen has worked with such noted conductors as James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Bernard Haitink, Raphael Frubeck de Burgos, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Sir Colin Davis, James Conlon, Robert Spano, Stephan Deneve, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Daniele Gatti, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Williams and Keith Lockhart.
Ms. Hagen is currently on faculty of the Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory of Music and is a frequent guest lecturer at and Harvard University. A Boston native, she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Double Bass Performance from Boston University, graduating with honors as a student of Edwin Barker. Ms. Hagen was a fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1998 and again by invitation in 1999.
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