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Arnaud Sussmann…is creating the buzz of a star on the ascent.
— Minnesota Pioneer Press
Sussmann’s Mozart was a miracle in which Carl St. Clair and the Pacific Symphony participated in every way. When Sussmann entered with his rich deep tone, he acknowledged the orchestra, musically, by making the transition seamlessly smooth as if he had been playing along with the violins all the while. [They] interacted in a charming, immaculately smooth performance teased out with historically-informed ornaments and trills and turns. It made Mozart more human, more dimensional, more informal, and allowed the audience to sit back and revel in the sounds made by a violinist who has an innate ability to hit the acoustic sweet spot of whatever hall he’s playing in. Sussmann was glorious.
— Bach Track
The soloist [is] well into the beginnings of what will surely be [a] prestigious career. Sussmann has performed with orchestras across the globe, and is presenting a season of at least six different concertos and a variety of recital programs. The Tchaikovsky concerto is the quintessential Romantic violin concerto. Sussmann [showed] precise command no matter what the difficulties were, and subtle phrasing … to the lyrical passages, the soul of the work.
— Palm Beach Daily News
We are impressed with the concentration shown by the young violin soloist, Arnaud Sussmann. In the first movement the thoughtful playing of the main theme and the wonderful lyricism of the second are intertwined into a convincing whole. The adventurous pianissimo of the opening of the slow movement is played with a gorgeous tone quality and later the soaring high notes elicit gooseflesh. The audience flew to their feet because the playing by Sussmann and the orchestra is of a very high order.
— Florida Times-Union
Soloist Sussmann had to wait some 100 measures before his dazzling entrance in the opening allegro of the Violin Concerto, but from then on his resonant bowing soared and sang until a long cadenza of trembling arpeggios and glissandos brought the movement to a forceful close…. The standing ovation for the young virtuoso, conductor and orchestra was indeed well-deserved.
— The Times Herald Record
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.
— Minnesota Pioneer Press
Arnaud Sussmann’s … recording of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata at the Menlo Park festival remains a touchstone for greatness.
— The Huffington Post
Arnaud Sussmann played his rhythmic part with great expression…Sussmann‟s intonation was spot-on, even in the double-stopped passages on the unusually-tuned lower-strings for the second movement.
— Classical Source
The stature of a handsome young gentleman, the allure and assurance of an artist …He displayed the confidence, beauty of sound and elegance of the great violinists.
— Nice Matin (France)
The audience loved his stirring performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto, which ended the evening on a high note of sheer lyrical beauty.
— The Times Herald Record
The prodigious young violinist Arnaud Sussmann and oboist Brent Ross were nimble and eloquent soloists in the Bach Double Concerto.
— Boston Globe
A riveting performance of the Kreutzer Sonata.
— Strings Magazine
Top honors go to Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata played by Arnaud Sussmann and Wu Han whose fierce and ardent performance will demolish equally the classical-music-innocent and those who already know better.
— Audiophile Audition

Arnaud Sussmann, violinist

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 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, Arnaud Sussmann has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Chattanooga Symphony, New World Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Paris Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Further concerto appearances have included a tour of Israel and concerts at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Dresden Music Festival in Germany and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Mr. Sussmann has been presented in recital in Omaha on the Tuesday Musical Club series, New Orleans by the Friends of Music, Tel Aviv at the Museum of Art and at the Louvre Museum in Paris. He has also given concerts at the OK Mozart, Mainly Mozart and Moritzburg festivals and appears regularly at the Caramoor, Music@Menlo, La Jolla SummerFest, Seattle Chamber Music, Moab Music and Saratoga Springs Chamber Music festivals.

Recent concerto appearances include performances with Maestro Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra at the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg, the Albany Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the Grand Rapids Symphony. This past season, chamber music performances included tours with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to Korea’s LG Arts Center, Shanghai’s Oriental Center and Hong Kong’s Music Academy.

Arnaud Sussmann has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Wu Han, David Finckel, Jan Vogler and members of the Emerson String Quartet. He has worked with conductors such as Cristian Macelaru, Marcelo Lehninger, Rune Bergmann and Leon Botstein. A dedicated chamber musician, he has been a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006 and has regularly appeared with them in New York and on tour, including a recent concert at London’s Wigmore Hall.

A frequent recording artist, Arnaud Sussmann has released albums on Deutsche Grammophon’s DG Concert Series, Naxos, Albany Records and CMS Studio Recordings labels. His solo debut disc, featuring three Brahms Violin Sonatas with pianist Orion Weiss, was released in December 2014 on the Telos Music Label. He has been featured on multiple PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts alongside Itzhak Perlman and the Perlman Music Program and with musicians of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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. Winner of several international competitions, including the Andrea Postacchini of Italy and Vatelot/Rampal of France, he was named a Starling Fellow in 2006, an honor which allowed him to be Mr. Perlman’s teaching assistant for two years. Mr. Sussmann now teaches at Stony Brook University on Long Island and was recently named Music@Menlo’s Associate Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Program.



 
 

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