Violinist

Rimma Sushanskaya is an internationally acclaimed violinist with a distinguished career in performing and recording.

Early career

The Washington Post described her as “one of the greatest violinists alive today”

Rimma was born in St Petersburg, Russia. She was the last student and protégée the renowned Soviet classical violinist David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatoire. Oistrakh is considered one of the preeminent violinists of the twentieth century and under his tutelage, Rimma won many prestigious prizes and awards.

Upon leaving the Soviet Union, Rimma rapidly established her reputation in the West; the Washington Post described her as “one of the greatest violinists alive today” and commented on her “extraordinary intensity and brilliant virtuosity.”

Rimma Sushanskaya
Rimma Sushanskaya

In 2007, Rimma was presented with the Order of Catherine the Great of Russia, awarded by the National Committee of Russian Federation of Social Awards for achievements in music and improvement of friendship and partnership between Russia and Great Britain.

Teaching

Rimma is currently visiting lecturer of violin at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and teaches an annual residential course in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Virtuoso Violin Festival.

Repertoire

The following orchestral works are notable in Rimma’s repertoire:

  • Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Choral”
  • Saint-Saens’s Symphony No. 3, “Organ”
  • Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2, E minor

Major performances

  • Serenata Concertanta by Robert Matthew-Walker, world premiére
  • Oboe Concerto with Strings by Guy Woolfenden, dedicated to the 70th birthday of the composer
  • Partita No.4 for Violin and Orchestra by Lev Smirnov, British premiére in memory of friend-composer from St Petersburg, Russia

Commissioned pieces

  • 1988: Violin Concerto from David Finko
  • 1988: Idyll for Solo Violin from Malcolm Lipkin
  • 1997: Elegy for Violin and Orchestra from Bruce Polay

Awards and prizes

  • First Prize, International Violin Competition in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Ysaye Medal, awarded by Eugene Ysaye Foundation of Brussels, Belgium
  • Order of Catherine the Great of Russia, awarded by the National Committee of Russian Federation of Social Awards for achievements in music and improvement of friendship and partnership between Russia and Great Britain

Rimma also has a successful career as a conductor. She divides her time between New York, London and Stratford-upon-Avon as a performer, conductor and teacher.