Guillaume Sutre 
Professor--Violin and Director of Chamber Music
Telephone:  (310) 206-1430 
Office: B848

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(photo courtesy Anneliese Varaldiev)

Violinist GUILLAUME SUTRE began his studies in Douai, France; he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at age 14. As a student of Gérard Poulet and Jean-Claude Pennetier, he was awarded first prize in both violin and chamber music. After finishing his studies in France, he attended Indiana University at Bloomington to study with Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli, Menahem Pressler and Janos Starker. He subsequently studied in Cologne with the Amadeus Quartet.

He was only 18 years old when he won three major awards: first prize in the A. Curci International Violin Competition in Naples, Italy; the International Piano Trio ARD Competition in Munich; and the International Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana. He was subsequently invited to play in numerous festivals, including at Stresa (Italy), la Roque d'Anthéron (France), Wigmore Hall, Teatro San Carlo (Naples), Berlin Philharmonie, Musikverein (Vienna), the Hong Kong Festival, Beijing Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, University of California at Los Angeles and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. His motivation to meet musicians from all continents has led him to travel to more unusual destinations such as the Addis Ababa Conservatory (Ethiopia), Opéra of Manaus (Brazil), Grand Théatre d'Hanoï (Vietnam), and Fondation Bolipata (Philippines).

Deeply influenced by the conductor, composer, chamber musician and teacher Jean-Claude Pennetier, Mr. Sutre was attracted to chamber music early in his career.  In 1986, he founded the Trio Wanderer; ten years later he joined the Ysaye Quartet. His vast repertoire of over 400 works features all the string chamber works of Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Ravel, and all 68 Haydn quartets. His collaborators have included his wife Kyung-Hee Kim, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Michaela Martin, Pascal Rogé, Michel Portal, Nicolas Angelich, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Roland Pidoux, Antonio Lysy, Gautier Capuçon and Wolfgang Meyer.

In addition to performing chamber music, Guillaume Sutre has also appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of Montpellier, l'Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Sinfonia Varsovia, Berlin-Radio Orchestra, Göttingen Symphonic Orchestra, l'Orchestre de Bretagne, l'Orchestre d'Auvergne, Franz Liszt Orchestra of Budapest, and has perfomed with conductors Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Louis Langrée, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Stefan Sanderling, Pascal Verrot, David Robertson and Sheldon Morgenstern, among others.

His recordings for Sony Classical, Decca, Harmonia Mundi, Naïve, Aeon, and Ysaÿe Records have received the highest distinctions in France and internationally. These recordings include the complete quartets and quintets of Gabriel Fauré with pianist Pascal Rogé, André Boucourechliev's string quartet, Haydn's Last Seven Words of Christ (with Michel Serres's unpublished texts) and Bruch's Double Concerto with the Orchestre de Bretagne. His live recording of the complete duets of Haydn and Mozart has been hailed by critics as definitive.

Mr. Sutre is also a passionate advocate of music of his time, and regularly performs world premieres of composers such as Michele Reverdy, Isabelle Fraisse, Regis Campo and Paul Chihara.

In addition to his performing activities, Mr. Sutre is passionately committed to transmitting his knowledge and sharing his concert experience with musicians of younger generations. Since 1995, he has served as professor of violin, specializing in the practice of the string quartet, at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris. As a visiting professor at the Academies of Villecroze, Nice, Flaine, Aldeburgh, Eastern Music Festival, University of Southern California, and in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he has given master classes in both chamber music as well as solo violin.

He recently served on the jury of the prestigious 2010 Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris.

In 1994, SACEM awarded him the prestigious George Enesco Prize. In 1999, he was named Chevalier of the Order of Arts and the Letters by the French government.

Guillaume Sutre plays a 1738 Italian violin made by Gregorio Antoniazzi, and uses a bow made by François Lupot in 1815.

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