Suyeon Kang

Korean-Australian violinist Suyeon Kang- born in South Korea and raised in Canada and Australia- is pursuing a colourful musical life in Europe, where she has been based since 2007.

She is recognised for her expressive, compelling performances: ‘ ..she captivated her audience- intimacy, tension, inspiration and soul in every note,‘ (Der Tagesspiegel) // ‚ – incredible maturity…more than mere playing of the music but an appreciation and understanding its possibilities, and brought out qualities of ecstasy, pathos and introspection – at times appearing to be a human, animal or avian presence, intruding into the landscape or soaring above it.’ (National Business Review); as well as for her dexterity between musical disciplines.

Laureate of numerous international accolades, she secured the 1st Prize & Audience Prize at the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand). Other international awards include major and/or special prizes at the International Violin Competitions of Princess Astrid (Norway), Indianapolis (USA), Bayreuth (Germany), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Yehudi Menuhin (Norway), and Leopold Mozart (Germany).

At the age of 16, she was named Symphony Australia ABC Young Performer of the Year, and has since then appeared as soloist with several orchestras internationally. Her first CD was released under ABC Classics at the age of 16. Her second album was recorded in 2016, featuring works by Bartok and Bloch; and in  2020-2021 is due to release the integral Beethoven string trios with her ensemble Trio Boccherini.

She is especially active in the chamber music scene, a sought-out guest in music festivals worldwide and collaborating with a variety of artists. She is co-founder of the Trio Boccherini (String Trio), to which she dedicates a large part of her musical life. Their debut CD (Volume 1; Beethoven String Trios; Genuin) was released to much critical acclaim. ‘…and right from the first sounds of the G major trio, number 1, the musicians‘ unconditional will catches your ears… in the daring tempos of the fast movements; the desire to savor Beethoven’s formal and harmonic escapades…and the great care with which the slow movements are phrased and toned.‘ (Das Orchester, 2020)

Suyeon was appointed Concertmater of the Kammerakademie Potsdam (Germany) in 2021; and is also a member of the 15 member ensemble Camerata Bern (Switzerland) since 2017.  Regular invitations as a guest concertmaster – frequently also in a Play/Direct capacity with several major European chamber orchestras: i.e. the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Baroque Orchestra of Seville, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn & Camerata Bern.

Since late 2016 she holds a teaching post at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin  as Professor Antje Weithaas’ assistant. She was previously teaching assistant to Prof. Daniel Gaede in Nürnberg. Her major pedagogues include Antje Weithaas, Daniel Gaede, Rainer Schmidt, Hatto Beyerle, Goetz Richter, Alice Waten and Josette Esquedin Morgan.

Aside from the music-making, she enjoys creative writing as well as composition, and has been involved in a number music-outreach projects. In 2013, as part of the AFSK course at the HfM Hanns Eisler in collaboration with the education program of the Berlin Philharmonic, she undertook a year-long project incorporating music into the lives of children with physical or mental disabilities. Previously she has worked with El Sistema, youth orchestras, homes for the blind, and the Hohepa community for adults with disabilities in Australia & New Zealand.

After playing on some beautiful Italian instruments kindly loaned courtesy of the Boubo Fondation (Switzerland) for many years, she has recently acquired a wonderful custom-made violin (2019) by Julia Maria Pasch (Vienna).