Suyeon Kang

Praised for her innate sensitivity 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 Business Review), Korean-Australian violinist Suyeon Kang- born in South Korea and raised in Canada and Australia- is pursuing a colourful and multifaceted musical life in Europe, where she has been based since 2007.

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 released in 2017, featuring works by Bartok and Bloch, under the Atoll Label.

Her greatest interests lie in the chamber music scene: previous/upcoming collaborations include concerts with musicians including Lukas Hagen, Clemens Hagen, Patricia Kopatschinskaja, Bruno Canino, Nicholas Rimmer, Alexander Lonquich, Herbert Schuch, the ATOS trio, Antje Weithaas, Thomas Hoppe, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Julian Steckel, and Daniel Gaede. She performed alongside Christian Tetzlaff and Stephen Isserlis at the 2014 edition of Chamber Music Connects the World in Kronberg.

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, as well as from Johannes Meissl, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Natascha Prischepenko and Günter Pichler. Several successful performances all throughout Europe and Australia have led to glowing reviews- ‘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). Furthermore in late 2017, she joined the acclaimed South-Korean Kallaci String Quartet as their newest member.

She 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-based projects with underprivileged children and adults. 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. During a tour with Chamber Music New Zealand in 2016 she was involved in several outreach programs with El Sistema, youth orchestras, homes for the blind, and the Hohepa community for adults with disabilities.

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).