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Violinist Augustin Hadelich chats about performing, and mysterious wives

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Augustin Hadelich
Violinist Augustin Hadelich joins the Aspen Festival Orchestra on Sunday afternoon for a performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

Most of us have complicated lives, even if we don't have an international career in the performing arts.

But violinist Augustin Hadelich, who is in Aspen for two events at the Aspen Music Festival and School, has one more complicating layer to his life.

The online world keeps assigning him fictional wives.

About a year ago, Hadelich said it was falsely reported that he was married to pianist Joyce Yang, when, in fact, she was just his pianist for a concert they put on together.

And now he is receiving frequent mail for another person, a woman who died decades before Hadelich’s birth, because Google says that the wife of Richard Strauss is, in fact, the wife of Hadelich.

Hadelich's real wife takes it all in stride, and Hadelich was happy to tell us the tale and to chat about music. (Listen above.)

At 4 p.m. Sunday, Hadelich will join the Aspen Festival Orchestra at the music tent for the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Brian Nabor’s "Onward" are also on the program.

At 1 p.m. Tuesday, Hadelich will preside at a violin master class at Harris Hall. He will coach — and offer insights to — Aspen Music School violin students.


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