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Violinist Suliman Tekalli has appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in concerts throughout the U.S., Canada, Central America, and Europe. 

Mr. Tekalli began his studies in violin at the age of 4 in his native state Florida with Lev Gurevich.  His performing career began early with his radio debut on NPR's "From the Top" radio show in 2000, and his subsequent debut with the Orlando Philharmonic performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto in 2004 at the age of sixteen.  He had since then appeared with orchestras around the United States, performing concertos ranging from Bach, Mendelssohn, and Paganini to Bartok, Khachaturian and Prokofiev.

Attending the Juilliard School and Schwob School of Music for his undergraduate studies and the Cleveland Institute of Music for a Masters in Music performance, he has worked with  such notable pedagogues Joel Smirnoff, Hyo Kang, and Sergiu Schwartz,  all whom he has studied privately with.  He has performed for internationally acclaimed artists such as violinist Nikolaj Znaider and the Juilliard String Quartet, among others in solo and chamber masterclasses.  Mr. Tekalli has performed in chamber performances with eminent artists such as Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet, Bonnie Hampton, and Jean-Michel Fonteneau of the Ravel Quartet.  

Suliman Tekalli has participated in various national and international competitions in which he has claimed high distinctions.  He recently received 6th prize at the Sendai International Violin Competition in Japan.  First prize in the Blount National String Competition led to his invitation to the Boston University Tangelwood Institute where he served as concertmaster as well as performed in a special concert in Ozawa Hall.  Mr. Tekalli was also a top prizewinner at the 2010 Lipizer International Violin Competition in Gorizia, Italy and the 2009 Szeryng International Violin Competition in Mexico, leading to concerts throughout Mexico with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico.  He was also a quarter-finalist candidate in the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Competition and has recently claimed 6th prize at the Sendai International Music Competition in Japan.

Mr. Tekalli holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Columbus State University, and is currently continuing his studies with Hyo Kang at the Yale as an Artist Diploma candidate.

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