Catch Suliman Tekalli on WQXR and Chicago Radio "Relevant Tones"

Suliman Tekalli will be performing works by Seth Bousted and other contemporary composers live at National Sawdust.  He will be on the show with Jeff Zeigler, former cellist of the Kronos Quartet, pianist Molly Morkoski, and clarinetist Christopher Grymes, as well as members of Ensemble Connect and the New York Philharmonic, including violinist Adelya Nartadjieva, violist Matthew Cohen, and cellist James Kim.  The live show will occur on the 20th of January, with doors opening at 9:00 PM at National Sawdust.  The show will be aired on the 27th of January, and syndicated and broadcasted internationally. Tune in then or come out to Brooklyn on the 20th of January to ride with me on the cutting edge of today's music! 

For more info visit the following links below:

National Sawdust

"Relevant Tones"


performing vivaldi's "summer" for south korean president Park geun-hye

Having recently won top prize at the 2015 Seoul International Music Competition, violinist Suliman Tekalli, A.D. was invited to perform as a soloist for the South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Washington D.C. at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Wednesday night with the world renowned ensemble International Sejong Soloists during her visit this week with President Obama.  

"The whole atmosphere was charged backstage and the hall was incredible, like a great Grecian temple, and to come on stage as a soloist in front of this world class group of musicians to face a whole audience of world leaders was certainly a singular rush and a great honor."

He performed on an Antonio Stradivarius violin, Cremona, 1683, ex-Cobbett, which is on loan to him from Mr. Higgin Kim, Chairman of Byuckaan Engineering Co. Ltd through the Stradivari Society® of Chicago and Sejong Soloists.  
In addition to performing "Summer" as a soloist, Suliman Tekalli was engaged to write a special arrangement of Piazzolla's "Libertango" for the International Sejong Soloists  to perform with violist Richard O'Neill that night.  This came as a result of the artistic director of Sejong Soloists hearing his arrangements  including the first ever transcription of Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin for violin and piano and his orchestration of Ravel's second Violin Sonata as a concertino for violin and orchestra.

Dignitaries present at the event included Secretary of State John Kerry, congressman Charles Rangel, and U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert.

At the conclusion of the event Suliman Tekalli was formally received among the other performers present that night by the President Park Geun-hye.




Check out an interview I gave for Classical TV.

Here is a transcript of the interview:

CLASSICAL TV:  Suliman, let me ask you what you are seeking here at Music@Menlo and what do you expect to take away from your time here this summer.

SULIMAN TEKALLI:  I was really thrilled when I found out it was a Schubert year, because Schubert is one of those composers that, at this point in my life, I’m really getting into and would like to get to know more about.  And I’d heard so much about Menlo being and intense and life-changing experience.

CTV:  You’d not previously had the opportunity to go as deeply into Schubert as you wanted?

ST:  He was always a composer I had in my peripheral vision.  People played the music, but perhaps, when I was younger, I didn’t feel I understood it enough to be drawn into it the way I began to be in my early twenties.  For the violin we have a lot of great literarure by Schubert, but sometimes it’s difficult to find other Schubert musicians who are into it that much to want to play it.  Here, it’s the perfect opportunity to find high-level musicians who are so into the music that they’re ready to dig deep into his rep...



summer video update



Due to the outbreak of the MERS virus in Seoul, Korea, Suliman Tekalli's performance for South Korean President Park Geun Hye in Washington D.C. during her visit with U.S. President Obama has been postponed till the fall season.

Vhaaaaat??? It's not often that one is asked to perform for a national president! Looking forward to meeting the President of South Korea Park Geun Hye in DC this month!

Posted by Suliman Tekalli on Wednesday, June 3, 2015


violinist tekalli performs on kbs as soloist at the 2018 seoul winter olympics 1,000 day countdown 

Suliman Tekalli performed Vivaldi's "Winter" and Tchaikovsky Melodie on the Korean Broadcasting System TV (KBS) as part of the 1,000 day run up to the 2018 Seoul Winter Olympics.  Other performers and speakers included gold medalist figure skater Kim Yu-na.


This summer is Music@Menlo

I'm excited and looking forward to performing chamber music with fantastic musicians and colleagues this summer at Music@Menlo in the bay area in California!  Check out my blog post here.


suliman tekalli wins top prize at the 2015 seoul international music competition

Violinist Suliman Tekalli's performance of Bartók's 2nd Violin Concerto with the Suwon Philharmonic  garnered the top prize at the 2015 Seoul International Music Competition in Korea this March.  He will return to Korea this May for a tour performing as soloist with the International Sejong Soloists.




Suliman Tekalli will be writing part of the soundtrack to an indie film named "Hotel Dallas" in collaboration with bassist Sam Suggs.  They will also be recording the soundtrack for the feature length film.   Screening is set for April 4th and 8th in New Haven, CT.  To check out what the film is about and to get to know more about the filmmakers Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang, check out the link below!:



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