"...technically brilliant...", "...a rock-solid performance...", "...a flawless, beautiful sound ... without visible endeavour."
Half-swiss and half-japanese violinist Sumina Studer has earned recognition for her music making as a Gold Medal winner of the Berliner International Music Competition 2018, as a prizewinner of the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, the 2017 Verbier Festival “Prix Rotary” Verbier St-Bernard prizewinner, as the chambermusic prizewinner of the 2017 TONALi-Violin Competition, as a prizewinner at the 2016 International Louis Spohr Competition, the 2016 International Arthur Grumiaux Competition, the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY), as a three-time first prizewinner of the Swiss National Youth Music Competition and more.
Building bridges between classical music and pop culture, Sumina has gained a loyal social media following across Instagram, Youtube and Facebook with over 124 thousand followers (as of March 2019), with the mission to expand the interest in classical music for the younger generation. In late 2015, Sumina's first SONY RCA Red Seal recording was published – G. Tartini's “Devil's Trill Sonata” on the CD “Italian Journey”.
To name a few, Sumina has performed with orchestras as a soloist including the Camerata Zurich, the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra, the “Neues Orchester Basel”, the Chamber Symphony Hamburg, the “New Zurich Orchestra”, Nota Bene Orchestra and the Göttinger Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the Academy of Music “Franz Liszt” Weimar with conductors such as Przemyslaw Neumann, Daniel Zimmermann and Nicolas Pasquet. As a passionate chamber musician, Sumina has performed with artists such as Ray Chen, Julien Quentin, Louis Schwizgebel, Barbara Buntrock and her cellist sister, Sayaka Selina, among others.
Sumina gave performances as a soloist at venues like the Gasteig in Munich, Germany, which was broadcast live by the Bavarian Radio (Bayerischer Rundfunk), performed at the Minatomirai Hall Yokohama, the Yamaha Concert Hall in Tokyo, the Shenzhen Concert Hall in Shenzhen, China, the Eslite Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, the Mozarteum in Salzburg as well as at events like the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Musikfestival Werdenberg and more. Her latest performances as a soloist were held in places such as the United States, Switzerland and Japan amongst others. Sumina's performances have also lead to radio broadcasting for DRS2 swiss radio.
Sumina Studer is kindly supported by the foundation Ruth und Ernst Burkhalter and is a scholarship holder of the Gerd-Bucerius-Scholarship of the German Music Instrument Foundation. She was also awarded the Scholarship Study Prize of the Migros Culture Percentage as well as a Scholarship of the LYRA foundation in Switzerland.
Born in 1997 and raised in Zurich, Switzerland, Sumina Studer studied with Simone Zgraggen at the Conservatory of Zurich, moving on to Philip Draganov’s class ten years later. She completed her Bachelor's degree at the age of 21 with Prof. Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, Germany and currently is in the Master's program under the guidance of Sylvia Rosenberg at The Juilliard School in New York City.
Additional studies have included the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, the Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Austria, the Pablo Casals Festival in France and more with professors such as Ana Chumachenco, Aaron Rosand, Pamela Frank, Roland Vamos, Boris Kuschnir, Mihaela Martin, Pierre Amoyal, Ulf Hoelscher, Igor Ozim, Pavel Vernikov and more.
Since 2016, Sumina Studer is a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and is kindly loaned a violin by Camillo Camilli (Mantua, 1731) from the German Music Instrument Foundation.