The sonatas performed at this concerts are both composed by two master composers where maturity is combined with playfullness.
In this company, the young Grieg`s characteristic tone poems perfectly fills in the gap between the two masters, Liszt and Prokofiev..




E. GRIEG (1843-1907)
Sonata No 1 F-Major, Op 7

F. LISZT (1811–1886)
Harmonies poétiques et religieuses,

S.173 - No. 4 Pensée des morts

S. PROKOFIEV (1891–1953)
Sonata No 2, Op 94



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 and studied later at Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest). In 2012 she made her master degree in performing music at Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen. Mai Goto has received awards in the "Takatsuki Music Competition" and "The 19th International Young Musician Competition" in Japan. In 2009 she won 1st prize at the 24th International Music Competition Rovero d’Oro i Italia. Mai is a versatile musician and performs solo concerts, chamber music and as an accompanist. She has her base in Bergen, where she regularly plays concerts. In addition, she has appeared in several European countries, the United States and Japan. Since 2016, Mai has participated as a performing artist and composer in children's theater with actress Karin Stautland. She also initiated «Issun Boshi – a Japanese Fairytale», performed in Reykjavik in 2019. Mai has been a regular performer at Grieg in Bergen Int Festival, together with Michael Süssmann or solo and at Arena klassisk «Show-case» in Oslo. She participated in Matteo Fargion´s " We have to dress gorgeously» during the Borealis Festival, in Bergen, Oslo and France. Mai appears frequently in solo recitals at «Siljustøl», the home of composer Harald Sæverud. Summer 2020 she will be festival artist at Fringe Festival, Reykjavik


Concert Info


Michael Süssmann, violin
Mai Goto, piano


Thu 15.07. at 10.30 pm


Ticket Info


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The Scene

The Concerts are situated in Korskirken - the Church of the Cross, a charming medieval church in heart of Bergen City...


Program 2021