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 especially recognised for her unique and compelling performances- ‘ – she captivated her audience- intimacy, tension, inspiration and soul in every note,‘ (Der Tagesspiegel), and depth of interpretation- ‚ – incredible maturity…more than mere playing of the music but an appreciation and understanding of the possibilities of the music and brought out qualities of ecstasy, pathos and introspection. Kang’s playing at times appeared to be a human, animal or avian presence, intruding into the landscape or soaring above it.’ (National usiness Review).

Laureate of numerous international accolades, she secured the 1st Prize & Audience Prize at the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand). Other international successes include major and/or special awards 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 over the years 2020-2021 is due to release the complete Beethoven string trios with her ensemble Trio Boccherini.

She is especially active in the chamber music scene, a regular guest in festivals worldwide and collaborating with a variety of respected artists. In 2014 she co-founded the Trio Boccherini (String Trio), to which she dedicates a large part of her musical life. The trio have received important musical impulses from Rainer Schmidt and Hatto Beyerle. ‘A spectacular moment of chamber-music making…from their first note, they offered such a fine, unified sound that captivated each member of the audience’ (LiveKritik, Berlin).

Their debut CD (Volume 1; Beethoven String Trios; Genuin) was released to much critical acclaim.

Suyeon is frequently invited for projects as guest concertmaster – frequently also in a Play/Direct capacity with several 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, Ensemble Kontraste, the Euro-Asian Philharmonic, amongst others. Since 2017 she holds a post in the 14-member ensemble Camerata Bern, in Switzerland.

A previous four-year membership of the European chamber orchestra ‘Spira Mirabilis’ furthermore enriches her orchestral experience.

Kang received her Konzertexamen Degree and Master of Music with highest honours at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, studying with Antje Weithaas. Since late 2016 she holds a teaching post at the university as Weithaas’s assisant. She completed her undergraduate degree as a student of, and teaching assistant to Daniel Gaede in Nürnberg. Previous pedadagogues include Goetz Richter, Alice Waten and Josette Esquedin Morgan.

Aside from the music-making, she has a great affinity for 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. Furthermore she has worked with El Sistema, youth orchestras, homes for the blind, and the Hohepa community for adults with disabilities in Australia and New Zealand.

Suyeon plays on a 1652 Nicolo Amati violin kindly on loan by Fondation Boubo-Music, as well as on a custom-made violin (2019) by Julia Maria Pasch.(Vienna).