The Washington Post hailed Mr. Sushansky for his “gorgeous tone…compelling musical personality….passionate intensity.” Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, he began violin studies with his mother, Rimma Sushanskaya, a violinist and pupil of the legendary David Oistrakh. In 1977, the family emigrated to the United Sates. Mr. Sushansky was granted a scholarship to the Juilliard School to study with Dorothy DeLay. At age 15, at the invitation of Zubin Mehta, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Since that time, he has performed in many esteemed concert halls worldwide. He completed his Graduate studies at the University of Maryland with Daniel Heifetz and the Guarneri Quartet. Feeling comfortable in the solo, chamber music, and orchestral setting, he served as concertmaster of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2007. He has performed chamber music, in recital and as soloist at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, and several European tours. Honors include: the Outstanding Young Émigré Musician Award, the Leningrad Young Musician’s Competition, the Westchester Conservatory Competition, the University of Maryland Concerto Competition, the New York Philharmonic National Young Artists Competition, the Bergen Philharmonic Competition, and the 1998 Inter-Cities Foundation Award.
Mr. Sushansky is the founder and Artistic Director of The National Chamber Ensemble. He also has a private teaching studio. For more information, please visit www.sushansky.com.
He has taught violin and viola privately and on the faculty of Mary Washington College. Past students have been featured on " From The Top", been winners of scholarships, competitions,the NSO Fellowship as well as continuing on to Graduate College Degrees and teaching/performing careers.