NCE Musicians

Present and Past

Leo Sushansky

Leonid Sushansky (violin)


Violinist Leonid Sushansky has been acclaimed widely for his, "Gorgeous tone... Compelling musical personality...Passionate intensity," The Washington Post. He has appeared with many orchestras, as a recitalist and chamber musician in esteemed concert halls worldwide and has been featured on numerous radio and television programs. The orchestras he has performed as soloist with include: the Windsor Symphony, Arlington Symphony, Municipal Orchestra of New York, Bergen Philharmonic, Queens Park Symphonia, New York Philharmonic, Romanian State Philharmonic, Fairfax Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, Richmond Philharmonic, McLean Orchestra, Britt Festival Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Orchestra, Staten Island Symphony, the Landon Symphonette, New Hampshire Symphony, JCC Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Washington Pro-Musica and symphony orchestras of the University of Maryland and Westchester Conservatory.

He is the Artistic Director abd violinist of the National Chamber Ensemble. Recent and upcoming appearances include the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall in NYC, recital debuts at Bargemusic in New York, orchestral debuts with the Musica Animae Orchestra of Budapest, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, at the Berlin Philharmonie and Leipzig Gewandhaus. Other performances include the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC, Smithsonian American Art Museum's Steinway Series and University of Minnesota. He has performed five times in recital at the Phillips Collection. As a chamber musician and soloist he has performed at New York's Lincoln Center, the Corcoran Gallery, the Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, on several European tours and on many occasions has appeared at many Washington DC embassies as guest artist of the Embassy Series. The many prizes and honors he has received include the Outstanding Young Emigre Musician Award, winning the Leningrad Young Musician's Competition, the Westchester Conservatory Competition, the University of Maryland Concerto Competition, Three University of Maryland Graduate Assistantships, the New York Philharmonic National Young Artists Competition, the Bergen Philharmonic Competition and the Inter-Cities Foundation Award.

He began musical studies with his mother, Rimma Sushanskaya, a violinist and pupil of the legendary David Oistrakh. Mr. Sushansky enjoyed early recognition when at age 12 he appeared on the Marvin Hamlisch TV Special for Showtime, performing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. From age 13, Mr. Sushansky was a scholarship student at the Juilliard School, where he remained for 7 years under the tutelage of Dorothy DeLay. He also had the privilege of being coached by the great violinist, Isaak Stern. At age 15, he was invited by Zubin Mehta to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Graduate studies were completed at the University of Maryland with Daniel Heifetz and the Guarneri Quartet. His other important teachers and mentors have included Elisabeth Adkins and Catherine Filene Shouse, the founder of Wolf Trap. After his performances of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto with the Maryland Symphony, the Herald-Mail wrote, "Violinist thrills audience...thumbs up for his extraordinary performance." Currently he resides in Arlington, Virginia, and in addition to the violin enjoys theater, reading and rollerblading.