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Founded in 2007, the members of the Sassmannshaus Piano Trio have toured to international acclaim in the United States, Europe, and Asia. A reviewer noted that the trio “seemingly effortlessly achieved perfectly balanced sonorities and a wide spectrum of sound colors.”  Education is an essential element of the trio’s mission, and the members make every effort to promote and support young artists wherever they perform. The trio members are on the faculty of the exclusive Starling Program for highly gifted youth at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

KURT SASSMANNSHAUS has toured extensively as violinist, teacher, and conductor. His violin teaching website www.violinmasterclass.com receives 30 million hits annually and makes him easily the most well-known violin teacher worldwide. He holds the distinguished Dorothy Richard Starling Chair for Classical Violin at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He is also a frequent guest professor at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music.

Sassmannshaus taught in close association with Dorothy DeLay both in Cincinnati and at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he was on the faculty and acted as a member of the Board for 25 years. Sassmannshaus’ students include prizewinners of major international competitions, prominent soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestra leaders.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Cologne, where he studied with Igor Ozim, Sassmannshaus received a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay, and won first prize in the International Chamber Music Competition in Colmar, France.

In the summer of 2005, Sassmannshaus founded the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, a summer festival for young string soloists, now in its sixth year. Sixty select students from China and around the world are taught by an international faculty including the American String Quartet and prominent faculty from major  Chinese, European and American Schools.

 

 

CHRISTOPH SASSMANNSHAUS began cello studies with Prof. William Grubb at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the age of 9. In March of 2002, at age 13, he received a standing ovation for his performance in New York’s Carnegie Hall.  In 2006, he was a featured performer on the National Public Radio program “From the Top”.

A young artist with a wide international reach, Mr. Sassmannshaus has performed in China, Italy, Canada, Germany, Austria, Korea, and Russia. In 2007, he performed Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Beijing Broadcasting Orchestra in the Forbidden City Concert Hall. During the summer, he has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, The Summer Music Academy in Cervo, Italy, The National Arts Center Young Artists Program in Ottawa, and The Great Mountain Festival in Korea.

 

Haeri Suh began her musical studies at the age of four in her native Korea.

She presented her first solo recital at Ga-Eun Art Hall in Pusan at the age of 12.  

The winner of numerous competitions including The Sam-Ik Piano Competition and The Music Association of Korea Competition, Ms. Suh’s recent concert engagements have included a performance of the Mozart Concerto K. 537 with the Ewha Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mendelssohn G minor piano concerto with CCM’s Philharmonia Orchestra. She performed in the Young Artists Concert sponsored by the prestigious Korean newspaper, Chosun-Ilbo.

Ms. Suh has been a faculty member at The Great Wall International Music Academy since 2008.  She has performed with members of the American String Quartet, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Piotr Milewski, Yehuda Hanani and Matthias Buchholz.  Recent engagements include the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Fontazione Academia di Musica Italiana.

Ms. Suh received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea where her teachers included Wonmi Kim and Yunbo Chung. In 2009, she earned an Artist Diploma at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with James Tocco. Ms. Suh is a faculty member in the prestigious Starling Program at CCM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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