"...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 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.

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 “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 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 since 2015 and is a scholarshipholder of the Gerd-Bucerius-Scholarship of the German Music Instrument Foundation.

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 currently studies with Prof. Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, Germany.

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 Pamela Frank, Ana Chumachenco, Aaron Rosand, Roland Vamos, Boris Kuschnir, Mihaela Martin, Pierre Amoyal, Ulf Hoelscher, Igor Ozim, Pavel Vernikov and more.
Sumina is a scholarshipholder of the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein and participates in their Intensive Programs.

Since 2017, Sumina Studer is a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and is kindly loaned a violin by Lorenzo Storioni (Cremona, 1774) from the German Music Instrument Foundation.


June 2018