Violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou rose to fame on the International concert scene when she unanimously won three prestigious International Violin Competitions in France, Italy, and Spain (Long-Thibaud, Lipizer and Sarasate International Violin Competitions).
Since then, Susanne Hou has toured the world as a soloist with major orchestras in over 50 countries, collaborating with world-renowned Directors and Artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Spivakov, Marcello Viotti, Andreas Delfs, Marek Janowski, and Alain Trudel, together with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, WDR Cologne, Czech National Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic to name a few.
November 2013 saw Susanne Hou realising a life-long dream, when she recorded the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra as a tribute to a unique 300 year history of an outstanding 1735 ex-Fritz Kreisler Mary Portman Guarneri Del Gesu Violin.
Last season Susanne embarked on a major project with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor John Nelson performing The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto at London’s Cadogan Hall. The CD which is being released this autumn, will be coinciding with a major tour across China and Taiwan. An advocate of music education, Susanne went on to film a masterclass of this concerto for the groundbreaking educational platform DakApp
Further highlights from last season include a sensational debut with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra under Krzysztof Urbański, resulting in an immediate reinvitation for this season to perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto with their new Chief conductor Han-na Chang, as well as performances and mastercalsses throughtout Brazil. Later in spring, Susanne will be embarking on an 18 concert-tour in Germany with the Sinfonietta Cracovia and she will be returning to London to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Alexander Shelley, following her brilliant collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Born into a musical family, Yi-Jia Susanne had music surrounding her all her life. Aged five she gave her first public performance and at nine years, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto invited her as a scholarship student. She went on to receive a scholarship to The Juilliard School where she was a student of Dorothy DeLay, Naoko Tanaka, and Cho-Liang Lin.