Dr Rimma Sushanskaya

Violin Tutor

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
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Dr Rimma Sushanskaya is one of the leading violinists of her generation. As the last student and protégée of the legendary David Oistrakh, she continues the great Russian string-playing tradition. Her wide array of opulent tone colours, her gripping expressive virtuosity, and her ever-present rhythmic vitality have won audience ovations and critical plaudits in three continents. Dr Sushanskaya has an extensive repertoire, which includes works by Twentieth Century Russian composers. Through her study of the works for solo violin of JS Bach, she established a close association with the Bach specialist and scholar Dr Rosalyn Tureck. She has given recitals devoted to the unaccompanied sonatas and partitas in the UK, USA and France.

Rimma is also an experienced conductor. Her debut event was in June 2005 in Birmingham with the Queen's Park Sinfonia, where she conducted Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, Haydn's Symphony No.100 and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Since then Rimma has conducted orchestras internationally including in Germany, Israel, Russia, USA and the UK. When Rimma Sushanskaya is not performing or conducting, she is teaching, passing on her skills and knowledge to young and enthusiastic violinists. Rimma now divides her time between her bases in New York, London and Stratford-upon-Avon in her role as performer, conductor and teacher.

Major Performances

  • Serenata Concertanta by Robert Matthew-Walker, world premiére
  • Oboe Concerto with Strings by Guy Woolfenden, dedicated to the 70th Birthday of the composer
  • Partita No.4 for Violin and Orchestra by Lev Smirnov, British premiére in memory of friend-composer from St Petersburg, Russia

Commissioned Pieces

  • 1988: Violin Concerto from David Finko
  • 1988: Idyll for Solo Violin from Malcolm Lipkin
  • 1997: Elegy for Violin and Orchestra from Bruce Polay

Awards and Prizes

  • First Prize, International Violin Competition in Prague/Czech Republic
  • Ysaye Medal, awarded by Eugene Ysaye Foundation of Brussels/Belgium
  • Order of Catherine the Great of Russia, awarded by the National Committee of Russian Federation of Social Awards for achievements in music and improvement of friendship and partnership between Russia and Great Britain
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