Suliman Tekalli, Violin
Violinist Suliman Tekalli has established his voice as an exciting and versatile soloist and chamber musician, captivating audiences with the depth of his interpretations and assured technique. As the top-prize winner of the Seoul International Music Competition and prize winner in the Sendai International Music Competition, International Violin Competition “Rudolfo Lipizer Prize,” and Henryk Szeryng Music Festival, Suliman has performed throughout the US, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Asia, appearing on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Wigmore Hall, and the Kennedy Center, among others. His performances have been broadcast on KBS World TV in Korea, CBC Radio 3 in Canada, and WQXR and NPR in the US.
An exponent of chamber music, Suliman has made appearances at numerous festivals, including Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, and the Banff Centre. He has collaborated and performed with eminent musicians such as Gil Shaham, Cho-Liang Lin, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Watkins, Wu Han, and David Shifrin.
As a composer, arranger, and performer, Suliman has transcribed and orchestrated classical and contemporary repertoire. In 2013, he gave the world premiere of his composition “Mephistoccata” from his solo violin suite Fables at the Montreal International Music Competition, receiving the Maurice and Judith Kaplow Prize for Uncommon Creativity from the Cleveland Institute of Music the same year. As part of his fellowship with Ensemble Connect, Suliman teaches at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn.