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. Mr. Tekalli has also led as concertmaster numerous critically acclaimed conductorless ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Sphinx Virtuosi, and the International Sejong Soloists, the latter of which he is currently a principal member.
As an alumn of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, Mr. Tekalli is a strong advocate of teaching artistry and bringing classical music to underserved communities. He served as a Teaching Artist at the Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn as well as Resident Artist of the State Theatre New Jersey where he conducted interactive performances in schools, rehabilitation centers, and homeless shelters. He continues his work through his support of projects like Chime for Children which brings musical performances to children in hospitals. Currently, Suliman Tekalli resides in New York City.