Artist Bio

Suliman Tekalli, violin

Concert violinist Suliman Tekalli's concertizing as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician has taken him throughout the U.S., Canada, Central America, and Europe. Top prize winner of the Seoul International Music Competition in Korea, as well as first prize in the Blount National String Competition, and prizes in the 2013 Sendai International Music Competition in Japan, 2010 Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy, 2009 Szeryng International Violin Competition in Mexico, he has appeared with orchestras such as the International Sejong Soloists, Sendai Philharmonic, and Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México. Suliman Tekalli's performing career began early with his radio debut on NPR's "From the Top" radio show in 2000 and his subsequent solo debut with the Orlando Philharmonic in 2004 at the age of sixteen. Mr. Tekalli has appeared extensively in chamber festivals including Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn Festival, and the Banff Centre, collaborating and performing with eminent musicians such as violinist Gil Shaham, Cho Liang Lin, Aiman Mussakhajayeva, and Donald Weilerstein, cellist Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet, and clarinetist David Shifrin. He also extensively concertizes with his sibling pianist Jamila Tekalli, and the Goliath Duo with contrabassist Samuel Suggs. Mr. Tekalli has attended the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Musi, Yale School of Music, and the Schwob School of Music, studying with the notable pedagogues Hyo Kang, Sergiu Schwartz, and Joel Smirnoff. He actively transcribes and arranges the violin, piano, and mixed ensembles as well as composes original works as well as cadenzas for the standard violin concerto repertoire.

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