Conductor

Rimma Sushanskaya is an experienced conductor with an international career spanning over a decade.

Debut

“Rimma had enjoyed a distinguished 30-year career as a world-class violinist before her debut as a conductor”

Rimma’s debut as a conductor was in 2005 in Birmingham with the Queen’s Park Sinfonia, where she conducted Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Haydn’s Symphony No.100 and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

Christopher Morley wrote of her debut in the Birmingham Post: “This was the first full concert conducted by the expert international violinist, and all her inside experience from decades of performing and ensembles, plus her intimate knowledge and love of the scores guaranteed a level of preparation and rehearsal which is one of the glories of British orchestral life. But all this is nothing without stick-technique and Sushanskaya has practiced hers to a peak of clarity and potential expressiveness.”

Rimma has since conducted orchestras internationally including in Germany, Israel, Russia, USA and the UK.

Speaking about the complexity of conducting, Rimma explains: “What is difficult about conducting is coordinating so many things at once. It is also very difficult to read the score. On the same page you have 7 to 15 lines, all playing different notes and in different keys. You have to be able to read them simultaneously, and this is extremely difficult. But at the end of the day, if you are a good musician and you’re capable of learning these new techniques and can read a score, you get rewarded”.

Orchestras conducted by Rimma Sushanskaya include:

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