||MICHAEL SÜSSMANN started to play the violin at the age of 5, and made his first public performance at the age of 7 as soloist with orchestra in Bergen, Norway. Later, he studied with Ernst Glaser and Karsten Andersen, the latter also the chief conductor at Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1972, Süssmann attended the master class at the Royal Conservatoire de Musique in Brussels, where he studied with Andrè Gertler and Leon Ara. He graduated with a first prize in 1976, whereupon he continued studies with Ricardo Odnopossoff at the Zürich Musikhochschule.
In 1977, Süssmann became a member of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway, and was at the same time dedicated to chamber music with numerous performances. He made his public debut in Oslo in 1979 and was met with very enthusiastic critics, which in turn were awarded with several scholarships.
In 1980 he became the concert master of Tromsø Symphony Orchestra, and also the director of the string section at Tromsø Music School. Some years later, Süssmann's solo carreer made it possible for him to be a full time freelancer, combined with a teaching position in Os Music School near Bergen, Norway.
In 1997, he entered the position as the Artistic Director of MusicaNord, a concert society who produces approximately 130 concerts every year through different concert series. Süssmann has also founded the Bergen International Chamber Music Festival. Süssmann has performed in the USA and Asia, in addition to many concerts in European countries.
His schedule this year includes tours in Russia, Austria, Serbia, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and Germany. and several other concerts in Europe. Süssmann has devoted significant amount of his time to help young and talented artists to have the opportunity to perform in a professional environment. He is also the chairman for the annual Ole Bull Prize.
Michael Süssmann plays a Michelangelo Bergonzi violin, Cremona.
|The Japanese pianist MAI GOTO graduated from Osaka University of Music, Japan, where she studied with Atsuhiko Shimizu, and continued her studies with György Nádor at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. In 2012 she finished her Master's degree at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen, with Signe Bakke and Torleif Torgersen as her teachers. Mai Goto has been a prizewinner in the "Takatsuki Music Competition" and "The 19th International Young Musician Competition" in Japan. In 2009, she was awarded 1st prize in "The 24th International Music Competition Rovero d'Oro" in Italy.
Mai Goto is currently living in Bergen, where she has an active performing career. She has performed at the concert series at the Siljustøl Museum, and at "AVGARDE", Bergen's concert series for new music, with a programme featuring the Norwegian composer Harald Sæverud as well as contemporary music. Owing to a passion for music by Schubert and Mendelssohn, Mai Goto has taken a special interest in early romantic performance practice and historical pianos from this time. This interest led her to participate at a summer academy of historical pianos at Cornell University, USA, in 2011.