Suyeon Kang

Korean-Australian violinist Suyeon Kang enjoys a versatile international performance career. She is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

Particularly recognised for her interpretative depth and expressive performances, her musical dexterity and curiosity has brought her to stages worldwide in various roles: as a soloist, as an avid chamber musician, and in a Play/Direct leader capacity with numerous orchestras.

‘She captivated her audience- intimacy, tension, inspiration and soul in every note,‘ (Der Tagesspiegel, on Shostakovitsch Violin Concerto) // ‚ – 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 on the Sibelius Violin Concerto).

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: Yehudi Menuhin (Norway), Indianapolis (USA), Bayreuth (Germany), Buenos Aires (Argentina), 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.

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 CDs of the integral Beethoven String Trios (Genuin) were released to critical acclaim.

Suyeon was appointed Concertmater of the Kammerakademie Potsdam (Germany) in 2021; and is also a member of the 15 member ensemble Camerata Bern (Switzerland). Regular invitations as a guest concertmaster – in recent years frequently also in a Play/Direct capacity with several orchestras i.e. Kammerakademie Potsdam, Baroque Orchestra of Seville, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, CHAARTS Chamber Artists, Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen & Camerata Bern.

Her major pedagogues include Antje Weithaas, Daniel Gaede, Rainer Schmidt, Hatto Beyerle, Goetz Richter, Alice Waten and Josette Esquedin Morgan. She has served as teaching assistant to Weithaas and Gaede, at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin & at the HfM Nürnberg.

Aside from the music-making, Suyeon 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.

She plays on a custom-made violin (2019) by Julia Maria Pasch (Vienna), and modern bows crafted by Franziska Gerstner (2021. Berlin) and Thomas Acker (2009, Nürnberg).