SUYEON KANG, violin and conductor
Praised for her innate sensitivity and compelling performances- ‘..she captivated her audience- intimacy, tension, inspiration and soul in every note,‘ (Der Tagesspiegel), as well as an extraordinary musical depth- ‘…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.
2015 she was awarded 1st prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition as well as securing the audience prize. Other international competition successes include major and/or special prizes at the Princess Astrid, Indianapolis, Bayreuth, Buenos Aires, Yehudi Menuhin; and Leopold Mozart international violin competitions. At the age of 16, shortly before relocating to Germany, she was named the Grand Prize winner of the Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Awards. She has performed as soloist with numerous European and Australian orchestras.
Alongside her solistic endeavours she is a passionate and sought-after chamber musician; previous and/or upcoming collaborations alongside Lukas Hagen, Clemens Hagen, Bruno Canino, Nicholas Rimmer, Antje Weithaas, Thomas Hoppe, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Julian Steckel, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Daniel Gaede. She was a previous participant in the prestigious ‘Chamber Music Connects the World’ in Kronberg, Germany.
In 2014 she co-founded the Trio Boccherini (string trio), receiving major chamber music influences by Hatto Beyerle, Rainer Schmidt, Johannes Meissl and Günter Pichler (European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) & Postgraduate Chamber Music Course (Basel, Switzerland). The trio have had successful performances worldwide and are dedicated to discovering unknown and underplayed repertoire for the constellation, as well as collaborating with other instrumentalists.
Furthermore, in late 2017 she was welcomed to the Kallaci String Quartet (South Korea) as their newest member.
She has appeared as guest concertmaster (including projects as artistic leader) with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg, Camerata Bern, Wuerttembergisches Chamber Orchestra, amongst others. Since 2017 she is a member of Camerata Bern (Switzerland), and was a previous member of the European chamber orchestra ‘Spira Mirabilis’.
Since 2016 she holds a contract as teaching assistant of Prof. Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, under whom she graduated her Master of Music and Konzertexamen Degree with highest honours.