Hear Susanne Stanzeleit playing Bartók
"Stanzeleit...adds an emotional dimension that powerfully reinforces the association between Bartók's last completed composition and the solo sonatas of Bach".
Hi-Fi News

Belá Bartók:
Sonata for Solo Violin (1944)

Susanne Stanzeleit (violin)
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Hear more on the Stanzeleit/Jacobson Duo page on Classical Artists Worldwide.

"A powerful player with terrific technique..."
The Herald

"Stanzeleit is, above all, a musician"
Musical Opinion, Summer 1994

Susanne Stanzeleit is an international musician in the truest sense having studied with Leonid Kogan, Vesselin Paraschkevov and Rosa Fain as well as in masterclasses with Nathan Milstein, Sandor Végh György Kurtág and Lorand Fenyves in Germany and Eastern Europe before continuing her training with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School at Music and Drama as a recipient of the German Exchange Service Scholarship.

She has performed throughout Europe, North America, China and Africa including appearances at festivals such as Dartington, the Huddersfield New Music Festival, the Ohrid Festival, the Varna Festival the Riga New Music Festival the International Bartók Festival, the Paxos Festival and the International Musicians' Seminar at Prussia Cove.

Susanne Stanzeleit made her critically acclaimed London debut In 1992 under the auspices of the Park Lane Group and has since regularly performed in London's major concert venues, presenting an unusually extensive and challenging repertoire ranging from cycles of sonatas Beethoven, Mozart/Schubert and Schubert/Brahms to a wide range of contemporary works.

Together with her duo partner, Julian Jacobson, she has had works especially written for her by composers such as John Woolrich, Alexander Levine, Nikola Kodjabásija, Milan Slavicky, Gareth Davies and Rebecca Saunders as well as giving the UK premieres of works by John Adams, Lou Harrison and György Kurtág.

Susanne Stanzeleit is also a sought-after leader, having led such ensembles as the Chamber Orchestra of Theatre Lliure Barcelona, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia 21, Capricorn, the Barbican Piano Trio, the Edinburgh Quartet, Prometheus, the Dallapicolla Ensemble, Ondine, the Endellion Festival Orchestra and the Barbican Virtuosi. As the first violin of the Werethina Quartet she has received several major prizes including the International Concours Charles Hannen and the London International String Quartet Competition.

Susanne Stanzeleit regularly broadcasts on Radio 3, Classic FM, German Radio and other European and American radios. She has received rave reviews for her commercial recordings which include the complete works for violin and piano by Antonin Dvorák for Meridian and Béla Bartók's oeuvre for ASV, as well as a collection of English Sonatas for Cala Records. Upcoming releases include music by Charles Camilleri for ASV.

Much in demand as a teacher of violin and chamber music, she was appointed visiting professor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1993.

Repertoire - Concertos and major pieces with orchestra
John Adams Violin Concerto
Leonard Bernstein Serenade
Jules Conus Violin Concerto
Anthony Davies Maps (Violin Concerto)
Karl Amadeus Hartmann Concerto Funebre (violin and string quartet)
Piers Hellawell Quadruple Elegy
Korngold Violin Concerto
Witold Lutoslawski Partita
Richard Strauss Violin Concerto
and major works by Bach, Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Chausson, Haydn, Glazunov, Khachaturian, Lalo, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Paganini, Ravel, Sarasate, Schubert, Schumann, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Vieuxtemps, Vivaldi and Wieniawski.

Sample Programmes
Three Centuries of Violin and Piano Music
Programme 1
Corelli Sonata (1700)
Mozart Sonata in G K.379 (1781)

Suite (Original version of the Suite Italienne (1925)
Walton Two Pieces (1949-50)
Dvorak (arr. Jacobson) Rondo Op. 94 (1894)
Vaughan Williams Sonata in A minor (1954)

Programme 2
Bach Sonata in A (1717-23)
Schubert Rondo Brilliant (1826)

Toccata (1923)
Anthony Davies Sonata (1991) (UK Premiere)
Saint-Saens Havanaise Op.83 (1887)
Ravel Sonata (1923-7)

Repertoire with Piano appears on the Stanzeleit / Jacobson Duo page

Forthcoming Concerts
April 7 1998 7.30
St. Endellion Church, Cornwall
Chamber music with Bernard Gregor-Smith (cello) and Yolande Wrigley (piano)
April 20 1998 7.30
Paxton House, Berwickshire
String trio concert with Rachel Walker (viola) and Mark Bailey (cello)
April 23 1998 7.30
Nairn Music Club
Recital with Gusztáv Fenyö (piano) to include works by Beethoven, Ravel, Brahms and Kreisler
April 26 1998 7.30
Moneymusk Music Club
Recital with Gusztáv Fenyö (piano) to include works by Schubert, Ravel and Bartók
May 10 1998 7.30
Christus Kirche, Bochum, Germany
Recital with Werethina Quartet to include works by Beethoven, Ravel and Dvorák
May 15 & 16 1998 7.30
MUSON Centre, Lagos, Nigeria
Programme to be confirmed
May 28 1998 7.30
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London SE27
Recital with Julian Jacobson (piano) to include works by Mozart, Prokofiev, Strauss and Kreisler
June 26 1998 7.30
Colliers Theatre, Glasgow
American Festival programme with Gusztáv Fenyö (piano) to include music by John Corigliano
June 27 1998 7.30
Lower Machen Festival, St. Michael's Church
Recital with Julian Jacobson (piano) to include works by Mozart, and Strauss

BELA BARTOK Music for violin and piano (with Gusztáv Fenyö, piano)
Volume One - ASV CD DCA852 Rhapsody No.1; Sonata No.2; Sonata for Solo violin; Romanian Folk Dances

"Stanzeleit is both controlled and musical.. beautiful palette of line.. melodic and imaginative.. .music before any sense of personal display. Rare qualities these days." Classic CD

"She is a musician of notable temperament and intelligence. Hitherto I have most admired Kennedy's and Mordkovich's recording of this very difficult work (Solo Sonata). Stanzeleit achieves his logic and her feeling for melody almost effortlessly but adds an emotional dimension that powerfully reinforces the association between Bartók's first completed composition and the solo sonatas of Bach that inspired it." Hi-Fi News

".... best equipped to transmit the Magyar tang of Bartók's solo writing... strong contours. Grasp of the music is impressive". Gramophone

"very considerable style... magnificent flourishes and proud rodomontade." The Strad

BELA BARTOK Music for violin and piano (with Gusztáv Fenyö, piano)
Volume Two - ASV CD DCA883 Rhapsody No.2; Sonata No.1; Sonatina; Hungarian Folk Songs

"breathtaking throughout" Hi-Fi World

"Magnificent music, magnificent playing. What more could one wish for?" The Strad

"A disc of remarkable quality." Classic CD - Five Star Award

"...an exceptionally imaginative and mercifully tenderized account of the hard-headed First Violin Sonata. this performance somehow makes more sense (than Oistrach and Bauer or Kremer and Argerich)of the score's many dramatic contrasts." Gramophone

BELA BARTOK Music for violin and piano (with Gusztáv Fenyö, piano)
Volume Three - ASV CD DCA982 Sonata (1903); Contrasts (with Michael Collins, clarinet) ; Andante; Burlesque No.2; Slovak Folksongs; For Children
"Stanzeleit and Fenyö make a sensitive and often compelling case for Bartók's music here... strong performances with vivid characterisation." Classic CD

"Susanne Stanzeleit brings a wide range of gypsy-style inflexions to the various short pieces... I happily recommend this CD as the final volume of a satisfying series." Gramophone

ANTONIN DVORAK Music for violin and piano ( with Julian Jacobson, piano)
Volume One - Meridian CDE 84274 Romance op.11; sonata op.57 Ballade op.15, Nocturne op.40, Mazurek op.49 Volume two - Meridian CDE 84281 Sonatina op.100; Four Romantic Pieces op.75; Humoresque, Slavonic Dances; Rondo
"Susanne Stanzeleit and Julian Jacobson rise to the occasion of the delightful Sonatina with immediacy and a warm and luxurious tone from the violin.. the Four Romantic Pieces are.. warm and melodious... charmingly played." Gramophone
British Violin Sonatas ( with Gusztáv Fenyö, piano)
Volume One United 88031 CD Sonatas by Dunhill, Stanford and Bantock
British Violin Sonatas (with Julian Jacobson, piano)
Volume Two - Cala United CACD88036
Sonatas by Vaughan Williams, Fricker (No 1 and No 2), Rawsthorne

".. both performances and recordings throughout are as persuasive as one could wish. .Susanne Stanzeleit is a marvellously eloquent purveyor of this material ... an extremely rewarding pair of discs." Gramophone

"...Stanzeleit and Jacobson give powerful, virtuoso performances of the widely contrasting pieces" BBC Music Magazine

CHARLES CAMILLIERI Violin music, volume 1 (with Sophie Rahman)
ASV to be released June 1998
FREDERIC DELIUS Complete Violin sonatas ( with Gusztáv Fenyö, piano)
Volume One, United 88031 CD awaiting release


Susanne Stanzeleit
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