Yi-Jia Susanne Hou




Yi-Jia Susanne Hou returns to China

Yi-Jia Susanne Hou returns to China

Following a hugely successful China tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra last autumn, Chinese-Canadian violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou will be will be returning to Shanghai to appear at the 2018 Shanghai Overseas Chinese New Year Concert On 18 January at 730pm, she will be performing Ravel’s Tzigane and Yang’s Joyful meeting at Shanghai’s phenomenal new Symphony Hall...

Yi-jia Susanne Hou and John Nelson tour through Taiwan and China with the RPO

Yi-jia Susanne Hou and John Nelson tour through Taiwan and China with the RPO

Internationally renowned violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou and acclaimed conductor John Nelson are performing a series of concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Taipei, Shanghai, Changsha, Nanjing and Beijing to mark the launch of their new CD, the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, composed by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang in 1958 The concerto was inspired by a famous Chinese legend, which recounts the tragic story of ...


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.


Violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou played with a combination of soaring tone and the fervent musicality of which stars are made. Hou attacked Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances and Ravel’s Tzigane with the gutsy sound of a gypsy fiddler. Her intonation on the sustained high string passages was spot-on and she mixed softly caressing moments with an appealingly wiry sound that encapsulated the music’s folk roots. This gifted Canadian artist should be heard more frequently in the U.S.
- Miami Herald
 (Laurence Budman)
Few can play the minefield of flash and dazzle concocted by Niccolo Paganini for his Violin Concerto No. 1 so convincingly as Yi-Jia Susanne Hou. Her astonishing performance caused jaws to sag. Hou’s technical mastery is astonishing […] she balanced intensity with delicacy…
- The Chronicle Herald
Her sound is strangely strong yet delicate; her technique near flawless.
- The Strad
Hou is remarkable, her playing an idealistic dream of perfection, her sound full of humanity, sweetness and musical understanding and projected on her superb Guarneri del Gesu violin with heart-stopping purity in her uppermost register and a richly resonant sound on the lowest strings. Her trills, instead of marking time while the orchestra played under or over them, were strikingly even and beautifully coloured, giving an effect of vibrating sunlight. The orchestral tuttis glowed in it. Even beyond these miracles, Hou created a sense of refined artistry through her meticulous connection of passages, shading each with instinctive colour and seamlessly moving from one musical image to the next.
- The Chronicle Herald
 (Stephen Pederson)
One can hardly find words to describe what flowed over one’s ears, heart, soul and mind. It was one of those concerts which challenges one’s perception of what a concert should be…
- Beeld Newspaper
 (Paul Boekkooi)
Any piece after Canadian soloist Susanne Hou’s dazzling performance of Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A minor, would have been anticlimactic […] Hou, poised and confident attacked each phrase of this lyrical and frolicsome concerto with precision. She flooded the adagio movement with warmth, while she played the last allegro movement with joy and charm.
- Daily Breeze
 (Kari Sayers)
She showed absolute confidence and mastery in every respect of her program, which extended from Beethoven to Kreisler […] in addition to the dazzling things she did with Sarasate, Hou also proved in her weightier selections that she is a player of real depth and interpretive seriousness, and that makes for an almost unnervingly successful combination. Hou is an exceptional violinist who has an unusual combination of highly developed talents that are ideal for an arts age in which making a forceful media impact grows more important each day. At the same time, she is musician enough to tackle the more subtle regions of her art with equal panache, and that should make this 31-year-old Canadian far more of a household name than she is now.
- Palm Beach Arts Paper
 (Greg Stepanich)


The Legend of the Butterfly Lovers
Released October 2017 on ICA Classics

Conductor: John Nelson

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Chen Yi: Momentum
Released September 2003 on BIS records

Cho-Liang Lin
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lan Shui

Fantasy: works for violin and piano by Schubert and Sarasate
Released October 2007

Pianist: Vincent Sangaré Balse