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Susanne Yi-Jia Hou

  • Violinist


Yi-Jia Susanne Hou has traveled the world, touring in Canada with Debut Atlantic & Prairie Debut, and throughout the United States, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, China, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, and Hong Kong.  Her numerous solo appearances include the London Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Nationale de l’Île de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, WDR Cologne, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Osaka-Kansai Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Shanghai Broadcasting Orchestra, Czech National Orchestra, and Slovenia Radio-Television Orchestra.

Hou’s festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Rencontres Musicales Internationales des Graves in Bordeaux, and the Rome Chamber Music Festival. She has been seen and heard on NBC, CN8, PBS, CBC TV, CHCH, CTV, FUJI TV JAPAN, FRANCE 2, CCTV CHINA, and SLOVENIA RTV.

At 17, Hou performed the most challenging pieces ever written for the violin: Paganini’s Twenty-four Caprices for Solo Violin, in live recitals in Toronto and Aspen. Ms. Hou has also performed all 10 of Beethoven’s Piano and Violin Sonatas in New York as well as the complete collection of Brahms Violin and Piano Sonatas and Piano Trios.
A lead violinist for two seasons now with BOWFIRE, the highly acclaimed production led by Lenny Solomon, Hou has been seen on PBS and NBC’s TODAY SHOW amongst the top virtuoso violinists and fiddlers in each genre of modern string playing.

Born into a musical family, Ms. Hou had music surrounding her all her life. Both her mother and father are violinists, and thus at the tender age of 4, Hou began studying violin with her father, Alec Hou. Less than a year later, she gave her first public performance and was received with a standing ovation. At nine, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto invited her as a scholarship student. Since then, Hou has had scholarships and fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival for nine summers, as well as The Juilliard School where she received her Bachelor of music as a student of Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka in 2000. She then went on to do a 1-year Masters program, and completed the highly acclaimed Artist Diploma Program in Juilliard with Cho Liang Lin and Naoko Tanaka.

Hou was the subject of a CBC ’the National’ video documentary: "Shanghai Sensation", revisiting her childhood in Shanghai, with her father, Alec Hou, a renowned violin pedagog in China.  She can also be heard performing the violin solos in the 2008 Atom Egoyan film "Adoration", featuring music composed by Mychael Danna.
Hou is an active advocate of cultural exchange and musical education.