National Chamber Ensemble

Rimma Sushanskaya (violin)

“Absolutely first rank bravura violin playing – the kind one hears from the top few on today’s concert stages.” Los Angeles Press

Born in St Petersburg, the internationally-acclaimed violinist Rimma Sushanskaya was the last pupil of the great David Oistrakh, with whom she studied at Moscow Conservatoire, and under whose tutelage she won many prestigious prizes and awards. Upon leaving the Soviet Union she rapidly established a glowing reputation in the West; the Washington Post, for example, described her as “one of the greatest violinists alive today,” and commented on her “extraordinary intensity and brilliant virtuosity.”

Rimma Sushanskaya has embarked on a successful career in conducting. During recent years, she has performed as a conductor in concert halls in an ever growing list of countries including Germany, Russia, Israel, Romania, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

In 2007 Rimma was presented with the 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

She has been enjoying successful performances and re-engagements in prestigious venues such as the Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany, Philharmonic Hall and Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany and the Philharmonic Hall, Kharkov, Ukraine

The list of orchestras conducted by Rimma Sushanskaya includes:

  • Berlin Sinfonietta,
  • Neues Sinfonie Orchester, Berlin
  • Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Germany
  • Kharkov Philharmonic, Ukraine
  • St. Petersburg State Orchestra, Russia
  • State Philharmonic of Satu-Mare, Romania
  • Orchestra of the Swan, UK

Among the many important orchestral works in Dr. Sushanskaya’s repertoire, the following are to be noted:

  • Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Choral”
  • Saint-Saens’s Symphony No. 3, “Organ”
  • Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 , E minor

Following in the traditions of her own legendary teacher, Rimma is equally anxious to pass on her knowledge and experience to young people. She is a sought-after professor at Birmingham Conservatoire, and her Virtuoso Violin Festival every summer in Stratford-upon-Avon (her home in England) attracts string students of the highest calibre from the UK and abroad.