Artist Bio

Arnaud Sussmann, violin/viola

Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009, violinist Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura, and profound musicianship. Minnesota’s Pioneer Press writes, “Sussmann has an old-school sound reminiscent of what you’ll hear on vintage recordings by Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler, a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener. His clear tone [is] a thing of awe-inspiring beauty, his phrasing spellbinding.” A thrilling young musician capturing the attention of classical critics and audiences around the world, Sussmann has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, Stamford Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Minnesota Sinfonia, Lexington Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, and France’s Nice Orchestra. He has been presented in recital by the University of Chicago, the Tuesday Musical Club series in Omaha, and the New Orleans Friends of Music and at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Louvre Museum in Paris. Sussmann’s 2015–2016 season included debut performances with the New World Symphony with Cristian Macelaru, the Jacksonville Symphony with Courtney Lewis, the Grand Rapids Symphony with Marcelo Lehninger, the Cheyenne Symphony in Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto no. 3, and the Brevard Music Festival in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Abroad he played the Brahms Double Concerto in Tel Aviv with cellist Gary Hoffman and returned to his native France to work closely with violinist Kolja Blacher and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris for intensive training on the play-direct technique. A dedicated chamber musician, Sussmann has been affiliated with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006 and has regularly appeared with it in New York and on tour, including 2015 appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall, Korea’s LG Arts Center, Shanghai’s Oriental Center, and the Beijing Modern Music Festival. Born in Strasbourg, France, and based now in New York City, Arnaud Sussmann trained at the Conservatoire de Paris and the Juilliard School with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman. In December 2014, he released a solo debut disc, featuring three Brahms violin sonatas with pianist Orion Weiss, on the Telos Music label.

Arnaud Sussmann will perform in Concert Program IV (July 27) and Concert Program VI (August 2 and 3).