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.

Recognised for her sensitive 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).

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 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. The trio have received important musical impulses from Rainer Schmidt and Hatto Beyerle. 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… this becomes ear-catching, for example, in the rather 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 is frequently invited for projects as 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, Ensemble Kontraste, the Euro-Asian Philharmonic, amongst others. Since 2017 she holds a post in the 15-member ensemble Camerata Bern, in Switzerland.

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

She received her Konzertexamen Degree and Master of Music cum laude 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 was previously student of- and teaching assistant to Daniel Gaede in Nürnberg. Further former teachers 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.

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).