Rudolf Haken is a violist and composer on the faculty of the University of Illinois, where he directs the Electric Strings program and the Hip Hop Collective. Haken’s work with extended-range violas has been featured in the Journal of the American Viola Society and The Strad, and a CD of his concertos was awarded a “Critics’ Choice” designation in American Record Guide.
Haken performs his concertos regularly with orchestras throughout the world. WTTW-Chicago produced a video featuring Haken performing his transcriptions of Van Halen and Metallica. Haken has served on the international jury for the Korean Broadcasting Service Symphony Orchestra and has toured with orchestras in Korea and China. At the age of ten, Haken conducted his first orchestral works, subsequently appearing in concert throughout the US and Europe. Haken plays an ergonomic five-string “Pellegrina” viola built by David Rivinus and a six-string fretted Wood Viper electric viola.
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