Mario Hossen is a Austro-Bulgarian concert violinist, considered as one of the leading interpreters of Paganini Music. As a soloist of international acclaim, Mario Hossen 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 Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Orchestra della Scala di Milano, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hailed for his incredible virtuosity and charismatic stage presence, MARIO HOSSEN plays a repertoire that ranges all the way from Renaissance to Classical music and to contemporary works and Jazz. Together with music by leading last centuries composers he performs and promotes the works of the great Bulgarian composers Pancho Vladigerov, Marin Goleminov and Peter Christoskov.
Hossen was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. His mother Nelly Batchvarova was an opera singer and his father was a lawyer and diplomat. His ancestry is a blend of four nationalities - Bulgarian, Greek, Jewish, Arab. He has been living in Vienna since 1991 and in 1995 received Austrian citizenship in special interest of the Republic. Mario Hossen holds many 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, became European Festival Association (EFA) and EFFE Laureat for 2019-2020 and winner of the European Audience Award.
The Austro-Bulgarian violinist received his education in Sofia, Vienna and Paris. He made his debut as a soloist with an orchestra at the age of eight. At 3 he asked for a violin, at 5 began to play piano, at 6 he began his violin studies in Plovdiv with his first teacher Atanas Batchvarov, later he entered the Music High School where his pedagogue was Darina Dankova. He studied with Michael Frischenschlager (former pupil of Menuhin) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and with the established french violinist Gérard Poulet (pupil of H. Szeryng) in Paris. With 17 Hossen performed Paganini all 24 Capricci and I Violin Concerto with the major Bulgarian Orchestras, starting immediately after his prodigious career. Since then he has done concerts in prestigious international halls in more than 35 countries.
He has a huge repertoire and many composers such as Rainer Bischof, Tomas Marco, Francois- Pierre Descamps, Walter Baer, Alessandro Solbiatti and Georgi Arnaoudov wrote violin concertos and pieces for him. Hossen has also participated in a number of non-classical productions with jazz, tango and rock groups.
He dives deep into every piece considering the musical historical context and the greatest possible authenticity. Hossen‘s musicological and artistic endeavors are focused among other things on source research on Niccolò Paganini. The complete oeuvre of Paganini for solo violin and for violin and orchestra will be released as a historical-critical edition by Doblinger "Diletto Musicale" Music Series- Vienna.
Hossen is a prolific recording artist. Several acclaimed CD‘s with the world première recording of some of the most famous works by Paganini in their original version were produced by the leading Italian CD Label „Dynamic“ Genova. The 19 feature albums for Doron Music Switzerland and Dynamic have all received international recognition and are distributed by Naxos in more than 70 countries worldwide. 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".
His most recent recording releases include Beethoven Complete Violin Sonatas, the Paganini I and Bruch II violin concertos and the Sonatas for violin and harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded with Piero Barbareschi.
Mario Hossen shares a long-standing chamber music partnership with the pianist Adrian Oetiker. 2021 both musicians will present Recitals with the Complete Brahms Violin Sonatas in Switzerland, Spain, Bulgaria and in the Konzerthaus, Vienna. Season 2021/22 highlights are the concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and the concert cycle in Vienna, Madrid, Barcelona, Sofia and Varna with Paganini Ensemble Vienna.
As a Soloist and Conductor he leads the renowned Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the concert series "Concert Spirituel" in Vienna.
Mario Hossen performs on G.B. Guadagnini Violin (1749), which is placed at his disposal by the Austrian National Bank. He plays all concerts exclusively with his preferred "Thomastik-Infeld" Titanium Solo strings.