Korean-American violinist Elly Suh was recently named the 1st prize winner of the 2016 Oleh Krysa International Violin Competition in Lviv, Ukraine and the 1st Grand Prix winner of the 2017 Concours International de Musique de l’Orchestre Philharmonique of Morocco, and prize winner in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition (Italy, 2015), Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand, 2015), Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition (Russia, 2013), and the Naumburg International Violin Competition (USA, 2012). She has also received awards from the Society for Strings in New York and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (YoungArts).
Praised as “a sensitive and absorbing interpreter” (Musical America), Elly has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Lincoln Center’s “Focus Festival,” Pro Arte Musical “Young Virtuosos Series,” the Atlantic Music Festival, and has appeared on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center and NPR’s From the Top. Elly has taken part in the Salzburg Summer Academy, Lausanne Summer Academy, Banff International Masterclasses, and the Chamber Music Workshop at the Perlman Music Program. As a founding member of the Northway Quintet, together with the ensemble she received the silver medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in Indiana, USA. Elly regularly performs with the New York Classical Players and the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble. She has also appeared as a guest artist with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, and performed as guest concertmaster with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra in New York City.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Elly began violin lessons at age five and entered the Juilliard Pre-College Division at the age of ten. She completed her Bachelor and Master of Music studies at The Juilliard School and Postgraduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music, where her teachers included Robert Mann, Joel Smirnoff, and Sally Thomas. Since 2015 Elly has studied with Prof. Pierre Amoyal at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg.