Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, FL 32940

FUCHS Atlantic Riband
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto

Suliman Tekalli, violin

Your SCSO’s Ninth Season closes with three powerful works.   Aaron leads your orchestra in Kenneth Fuchs exciting piece Atlantic Riband, inspired by the SS United States‘ record-breaking maiden voyage.     Atlantic Riband evokes the struggle and ultimate victory of ocean-crossing immigrants to America in an orchestral showpiece of power and splendor.    Superstar violinist Suliman Tekalli returns to Florida to perform Tchaikovsky’s powerful Violin Concerto.  Characterized by ravishingly beautiful passages, graceful melodies, and dizzying virtuosity, this masterpiece has spoken heart-to-heart to generations of adoring audiences.   The concert closes with Shostakovich’s stirring Symphony No. 5.   Shostakovich called his Fifth Symphony ‘a Soviet artist’s creative response to just criticism’.   Like everything in Stalin’s Russia though, the reality was a bit more complicated, and the music is a lot more stunning.   It's a grand work of huge climaxes, triumphant marches, and exhilarating brass.    Profoundly sad, the symphony conveys an indomitable spirit and remains his most popular.   Don't miss this epic season closer!

Artist Information

Violinist Suliman Tekalli has established his unique voice as an exciting and versatile soloist and chamber musician through his visceral yet elegant and mature performance style, captivating audiences with the depth of his interpretations an assured technique. The abundance of his musical appetite is manifest in his vast repertoire ranging from the standards in the concerto and recital oeuvre through contemporary music and his own original compositions and transcriptions.

As the top prize winner of the 2015 Seoul International Music Competition and prize winner in the Sendai, Lipizer, and Szeryng International Violin Competition, Suliman Tekalli's performing career has taken him throughout the U.S., Canada, Central America, Europe, and Asia, gracing the stages of numerous halls including Stern Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Seoul Arts Center, Wigmore Hall, and the Millennial Hall at the Kennedy Center among others. His performances have been broadcasted on live TV and radio from KBS TV in Korea, Montreal Canada's CBC Radio 3, WQXR, and NPR.

An exponent of chamber music, Mr. Tekalli 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. He also extensively concertizes as part of the Tekalli Duo, formed with his sibling, pianist Jamila Tekalli with whom he had recorded an album entitled "Duality", which includes works of Messiaen, Ravel, and Brown.

Suliman Tekalli has commissioned works from composers of his generation such as Michael Brown and Reena Esmail. As a composer/arranger/performer, he has transcribed and orchestrated classical and contemporary repertoire, from works of Chopin, Schubert and Ravel to Fazil Say, some which have been performed by ensembles such as the International Sejong Soloists. He gave the world premiere of his composition “Mephistoccata” from his solo violin suite Fables at the Montreal International Music Competition in 2013, receiving the Maurice and Judith Kaplow Prize for Uncommon Creativity from the Cleveland Institute of Music in the same year.

Mr. Tekalli commitment towards spreading a love and appreciation for music and the arts have made him a passionate educator, performing for classrooms at schools and various community centers, throughout the New York/New Jersey area. He has also worked with talented youths giving master classes at the University of Tampa, University of Delaware, as well as in South America at the Departamento de Artes Musicales in Buenos Aires, Argentina and La Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.

A native of Daytona Beach Florida, Suliman Tekalli was admitted to the Juilliard School at the age of 17 under the Bachelor's Degree program studying with Hyo Kang, and received a Masters Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with conductor and former violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet Joel Smirnoff. His early teachers include Lev Gurevich and Sergiu Schwartz.

Currently, Mr. Tekalli resides in New York City, and enjoys searching out single origin coffee delving into multicultural studies, and improvising on the mandolin in random jams. He performs on the 1683 ex-Holloway Stradivarius on a generous loan through the Stradivari Society.