"It would be very special," said Hagen, who will be performing the third movement of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra this weekend. "[The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra] are well-respected around the world. It would be pretty huge for me."
Supporters of Hagen can vote for him by going online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org/competition. Scroll ahead at the right side of the web page until you come upon Hagen performing an excerpt from the first movement of Brahm's Violin Concerto.
The violinist's mother Loree Hagen said that Hagen "wasn't cavalier" about his online video, which captured him performing Brahm's only violin concerto in an empty dance studio right before the deadline. "The judges must not have put much emphasis on presentation, or that garbage can would have knocked him right out of the running," she joked.
Hagen, 19, began violin lessons at four and in the fall of 2010 he began studies with Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School, where he is the recipient of the Dorothy DeLay Scholarship in Violin. Hagen plays on a violin crafted by Andrea Guarneri of Cremona, Italy, in 1675.
Voting ends at 9:59 p.m. (in the Mountain Time Zone) on Monday, April 30 in the current round of the competition, and up to four finalists will move on to the final round. After the finalists are chosen, they will have a live audition in early June, with the winner selected shortly thereafter.
Again, the link for the voting site is: www.pittsburghsymphony.org/competition and you can vote once per day.