Detlef Hahn




String and Harp Department



Research / Working Group

Strings & Harp


Phone: 23367280
Office: 415


The violin class of Prof. Detlef Hahn is in collaboration with Bjarne Magnus Jensen (please visit his profile on the NMH website).


Detlef Hahn studied with Aldo Ferraresi and Zino Francescatti. After his Wigmore Hall debut in London 1981, he joined the Guildhall School of Music and Drama string faculty as a professor. He was elected an Honorary Fellow (FGS) of the same institution in 1990.

Detlef Hahn performs and broadcasts regularly in Europe, the Far East and Australia, and records for labels such as ASV and Somm, including the complete works for violin and piano by Szymanowski and Korngold.

He has an international reputation as a teacher, with an impressive list of successful students in the profession. He receives regular invitations to give masterclasses worldwide, teaching at prestigious venues such as Astona International, Kunstlerhaus Boswil, Valdres Festival, Stavanger Festival, Hong Kong Festival and many others. In 2001 he was offered guest professor at the State Academy, Oslo, a position he holds to the present day, and in 2012, he accepted an invitation to become professor at the Royal College of Music, London.

Detlef Hahn has produced many publications, collaborating with eminent musicologists and musicians such as Jonathan Del Mar and Andrew Manze. In 2009, he edited the solo violin part for the Bärenreiter Edition of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, and the two Beethoven Romances. Detlef Hahn also edits for the Wieniawski Musical Society, Poland. He is currently in the process of writing a book: Performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto. A Guide to a historically informed performance on the modern violin.

Some former NMH students of Detlef Hahn:

  • Melinda Csenki Oslo Philharmonic
  • Alexandre Guy Winner of Fritz Gerber Prize 2018—Lucerne Festival. Switzerland
  • Hugo Hilde Leader 2ndviolins Radio Orchestra Oslo
  • Oda Hilde Co-principal 2ndviolins Opera Oslo
  • Mari Halvorsen Guest Leader Opera Oslo
  • Bjarne Magnus Jensen Teacher at NMH/Guest Leader
  • Alexander Khatiskatsi Oslo Philharmonic
  • Camilla Kjøll Former First Concert Master Opera Oslo, Guest Leader WDR Cologne
  • Mariam Maghradze Oslo Philharmonic
  • Anders Nilsson First Concert Master, Royal Opera Stockholm
  • Yi Yang Third Concert Master Radio Orchestra Oslo