Rimma Sushanskaya has an extensive repertoire, which includes works by Twentieth Century Russian composers. Through her study of the works for solo violin of J.S. Bach, she has established a close association with the Bach specialist and scholar Rosalyn Tureck. She has given recitals devoted to the unaccompanied sonatas and partitas in the UK, USA and France
“… the colouring of individual lines was as revelatory as ever, and cross string bowing set up gripping degrees of tension. Particularly special was the hush as she took her instrument up into unearthly reaches, her tone glacially, piercingly clear.”
Her most recent concerts included performances as a violinist and/or a conductor in Italy, Israel, Ukraine, Germany, USA and UK. Among other works Rimma performed the Paganini-Violin Concerto no.1, in D Major with Cadenza by Emil Sauret.
Rimma Sushanskaya studied with Mark Komissarov at the world-famous Conservatory in her native Leningrad and earned a PhD for her research into aspects of musicianship. In 1971 she began studies with Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatoire and went on to capture numerous awards, including First Prize at the Prague International Competition and one of the rarest distinctions of all – the Ysaye Medal. Recital tours of Russia and Czechoslovakia and acclaimed appearances with the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and many other orchestras followed.
She emigrated to the USA in the late 1970s and performed throughout the USA, Canada and Venezuela. Critics and audiences immediately recognised the quality of her playing (“…an extraordinary intensity and brilliant virtuosity” – Washington Post ” …absolutely first rank bravura violin playing – the kind one hears from the top few on today’s concert stages.” – Los Angeles Press).
Moving to England in 1986, her London recital debut at Wigmore Hall in 1987 made such an impact that she was immediately invited to perform the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Libor Pesek and with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under John Lubbock. Recording offers rapidly followed, with CDs of sonatas and other works by Prokofiev, Schnittke and Shostakovich for the Pickwick and Chatsworth labels
Rimma plans to record the Bach Partitas this year and, of course, pass her skills on to talented International young musicians at the 10th Bach & Paganini Festival for Violin Players in Stratford-upon-Avon in August 2011.