Mario Hossen

Austria / Bulgaria



Mario Hossen is an Austro-Bulgarian violinist, considered as one of the leading interpreters of Paganini’s Music. As a soloist of international acclaim, Mario has performed with renowned orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Orchestra della Scala di Milano, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México and the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.


Hailed for his incredible virtuosity and charismatic stage presence, he plays a repertoire all the way from Renaissance to Classical music and to contemporary works and Jazz. Mario Hossen holds several prestigious Awards, among them the City of Sofia, Musician of the Year award. The oldest Bulgarian Music Festival the “Varna Summer International Music festival”(1926), under Prof. Mario Hossen as Artistic Director, was the European Festival Association (EFA), EFFE laureate for the 2019-2021- season and the winner of the European Audience Award.


Mario received his education in Sofia, Vienna and Paris. He had his debut as a soloist with orchestra at the age of eight. At the early age of 3 years, he asked for a violin, at 5 he started to play piano, at 6 he began his violin studies in Plovdiv with his first teachers Atanas Batchvarov and Darina Dankova. He studied with Michael Frischenschlager at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and with Gérard Poulet in Paris. When he was 17, Mario Hossen performed all 24 of Paganini’s Capricci and Violin Concertos with the major Bulgarian Orchestras. Since then, he has given concerts in prestigious international halls of more than 35 countries. Hossen has also participated in a number of non-classical productions with Jazz-, Tango- and Rock Music groups. He dives deep into every piece, considering the musical historical context and the greatest possible authenticity. The complete oeuvre of Paganini for solo violin and for violin with orchestra, edited by Mario Hossen are available as a historical-critical edition by Doblinger’s “Diletto Musicale” Music Series-Vienna.


Hossen is a prolific recording artist. Several acclaimed albums with the world première recordings of the most famous pieces of Paganini in their original version were edited by the leading Italian CD Label „Dynamic“ Genova. The 19 feature albums for Doron Music Switzerland and Dynamic have received international recognition and are distributed worldwide by Naxos. In 2019, Mario Hossen accepted the proposal for the recording of the complete Quartets and chamber music works by Paganini and founded the “Paganini Ensemble Vienna”. As a conducting soloist, he leads the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the concert series “Concert Spirituel”. Mario Hossen plays a G.B. Guadagnini Violin (1749), which is loaned to him by the Austrian National Bank. He plays all concerts exclusively on his preferred “Thomastik-Infeld” strings.

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