Violin

Yi-Jia Susanne Hou


Winner of the Long-Thibaud, Lipizer and Sarasate International Violin Competitions, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou has toured the world as a soloist with major orchestras in over 50 countries, collaborating with the likes of Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Spivakov and Marek Janowski, together with the London Symphony Orchestra, Radio-France, SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, WDR Cologne, Czech National Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic to name a few.

Yi-Jia Susanne Hou to perform and record with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and John Nelson

13 Oct 2016

Chinese Canadian violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou travels to London to perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor and fellow ICA artist...

Susanne Hou debuts with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra

26 Aug 2016

Susanne Hou will make her debut with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra at the Olavshallen Concert Hall on 8 and 9 September. Under Krzysztof Urbanski, she will perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto....

Susanne Hou performs with Symphony Nova Scotia and Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra

12 Apr 2016

Under the baton of Martin Panteleev, Susanne Hou will join Symphony Nova Scotia at the ...

Susanne Hou joins forces with bestselling author Tess Gerritsen

12 Oct 2015

Acclaimed violinist Susanne Hou joins forces with bestselling author Tess Gerritsen in her upcoming novel...

Yi-Jia Susanne Hou joins ICA for Worldwide General Management

15 Jun 2015

ICA are delighted to welcome Chinese-Canadian Violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou to their roster for General Management.

First Prize winner of the Long-Thibaud, Lipizer and Sarasate Violin...

“Violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou played with a combination of soaring tone and the fervent musicality of which stars are made. Hou attacked Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances and Ravel’s Tzigane with the gutsy sound of a gypsy fiddler. Her intonation on the sustained high string passages was spot-on and she mixed softly caressing moments with an appealingly wiry sound that encapsulated the music’s folk roots. This gifted Canadian artist should be heard more frequently in the U.S.”

Lawrence Budmen, Miami Herald

“Few can play the minefield of flash and dazzle concocted by Niccolo Paganini for his Violin Concerto No. 1 so convincingly as Yi-Jia Susanne Hou. Her astonishing performance caused jaws to sag. Hou’s technical mastery is astonishing […] she balanced intensity with delicacy…”

The Chronicle Herald

“Her sound is strangely strong yet delicate; her technique near flawless.”

The Strad

“Hou is remarkable, her playing an idealistic dream of perfection, her sound full of humanity, sweetness and musical understanding and projected on her superb Guarneri del Gesu violin with heart-stopping purity in her uppermost register and a richly resonant sound on the lowest strings. Her trills, instead of marking time while the orchestra played under or over them, were strikingly even and beautifully coloured, giving an effect of vibrating sunlight. The orchestral tuttis glowed in it. Even beyond these miracles, Hou created a sense of refined artistry through her meticulous connection of passages, shading each with instinctive colour and seamlessly moving from one musical image to the next.”

Stephen Pedersen, The Chronicle Herald

“One can hardly find words to describe what flowed over one’s ears, heart, soul and mind. It was one of those concerts which challenges one’s perception of what a concert should be…”

Paul Boekkooi, Beeld Newspaper

“Any piece after Canadian soloist Susanne Hou’s dazzling performance of Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A minor, would have been anticlimactic […] Hou, poised and confident attacked each phrase of this lyrical and frolicsome concerto with precision. She flooded the adagio movement with warmth, while she played the last allegro movement with joy and charm”

Kari Sayers, Daily Breeze

“She showed absolute confidence and mastery in every respect of her program, which extended from Beethoven to Kreisler […] in addition to the dazzling things she did with Sarasate, Hou also proved in her weightier selections that she is a player of real depth and interpretive seriousness, and that makes for an almost unnervingly successful combination. Hou is an exceptional violinist who has an unusual combination of highly developed talents that are ideal for an arts age in which making a forceful media impact grows more important each day. At the same time, she is musician enough to tackle the more subtle regions of her art with equal panache, and that should make this 31-year-old Canadian far more of a household name than she is now.”

Greg Stepanich, Palm Beach Arts Paper

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Violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou rose to fame on the International concert scene when she unanimously won three prestigious International Violin Competitions in France, Italy, and Spain (Long-Thibaud, Lipizer and Sarasate International Violin Competitions).

Since then, Susanne Hou has travelled the world as a soloist with major orchestras in over 50 countries, collaborating with world-renowned Directors and Artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Spivakov, Marcello Viotti, Andreas Delfs, Marek Janowski, and Alain Trudel,, together with the London Symphony Orchestra, Radio-France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, WDR Cologne, Czech National Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic to name a few.

November 2013 saw Susanne Hou realizing a life-long dream, when she recorded the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra as a tribute to an unique 300 year history of an outstanding 1735 ex-Fritz Kreisler Mary Portman Guarneri Del Gesu Violin.  Executive Produced by Know Rules Media in association with Hi-BROW in UK, this live performance recording will be released as a CD/DVD package as well as a 60-Minute Feature for worldwide broadcast and distribution.

Born into a musical family, Yi-Jia Susanne had music surrounding her all her life. Aged five she gave her first public performance and at nine years, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto invited her as a scholarship student. She went on to receive a scholarship to The Juilliard School where she was a student of Dorothy DeLay, Naoko Tanaka, and Cho-Liang Lin.

March 2017