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Guillaume Sutre

  • Violinist


Guillaume Sutre was only 18 years old when he won first prize in the International Violin Competition, A. Curci, in Napoli; the International Piano-Trio ARD Competition in Munich; and the International Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana. Subsequently, he was invited to play in numerous festivals, including : Stresa, la Roque d'Anthéron, Wigmore Hall, Teatro San Carlo in Napoli, Berlin Philharmonie, Musikverein, Vienna, Hong-Kong Festival, Beijing Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, University of California at Los Angeles, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. His motivation to meet musicians from all continents led him to travel to more unusual destinations such as, Addis Ababa Conservatory, Ethiopia, Opéra of Manaus, Brazil, le Grand Théatre d'Hanoï, Vietnam, and Fondation Bolipata, Philippines.

Very early in his career, he was attracted to chamber music. With the great influence of Jean-Claude Pennetier, he became impassioned by the deep work of chamber music. In 1986, he founded the Trio Wanderer; ten years later he joined the Ysaye Quartet. His vast repertoire, over 400 works performed, featured all the chamber music works of Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Ravel, and all 68 Haydn quartets. His collaborators are: his wife Kyung-Hee Kim, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Michaela Martin, Pascal Rogé, Michel Portal, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Roland Pidoux, Antonio Lysy, Gauthier Capuçon, and Paul Meyer.

In addition to performing chamber music, Guillaume SUTRE has also been engaged as a soloist by the Orchestra of Montpellier, l'Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Berlin-Radio Orchestra, the Göttingen Symphonic Orchestra, l'Orchestre de Bretagne, l’Orchestre d’Auvergne, the Franz Liszt Orchestra of Budapest, and perfomed with conductors such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Louis Langrée, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Stefan Sanderling, David Robertson, and Sheldon Morgenstern.

His recordings for Sony Classical, Decca, Harmonia Mundi, Naïve, Aeon, and Ysaÿe Records received the highest distinctions in France and internationally. These recordings include: the complete quartets and quintets of Gabriel Fauré, with pianist Pascal Rogé; André Boucourechliev's string quartet, Haydn’s Last Seven words of Christ, with Michel Serres's unpublished texts ; Bruch's double concerto with the Orchestre de Bretagne. The live recording of the complete duets of Haydn and Mozart was met with critical acclaim and are considered definitive.

With his wife Kyung-Hee KIM, it continues to explore the repertory for violin and Harp, giving again life with a form in more intimate concert and with works whose charm points ut the creative and merry atmosphere of the "Belle époque". In addition, he is a passionate defender of the music of his time, regularly performing premieres of such composers as Michele Reverdy, Isabelle Fraisse, Regis Campo, Marc Monnet, and Paul Chihara.

His life as a musician could not find its full bloom without transmitting his knowledge and sharing his concert experience with musicians of the younger generation. During ten years, he has been a professor of violin, specializing in the practice of the string quartet, at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris. As a visiting professor at the Academies of Villecroze, Nice, Flaine, Aldeburgh, Eastern Music Festival, University of Southern California, and in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he has given master classes in both chamber music as well as solo violin.

In 1994, the SACEM awarded him the prestigious George Enesco prize. In 1999 he was named Chevalier of the Order of Arts and the Letters.

Guillaume SUTRE plays a 1738 Italian violin made by Gregorio Antoniazzi, as well as an 1815 François Lupot bow.

Since 2008, he's Professor of Violin at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles, where he resides with his family.