Guillaume SUTRE was only eighteen years old when he won three major awards: first prize in the Alberto Curci International Violin Competition in Naples, Italy; the International Piano Trio ARD Competition in Munich; and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in the United States.
Mr. Sutre was attracted to chamber music early in his career. In 1986, he founded the Trio Wanderer; ten years later he became the first violinist of the Ysaÿe Quartet until their farewell concert in 2014 in Paris. His vast repertoire of over 500 works features all the string chamber music of Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and all 68 Haydn quartets. With his wife Kyunghee Kim-Sutre, he forms a violin and harp duo; they frequently commission new works from composers like Eric Tanguy, David Lefkowitz and Paul Yeon Lee.
In addition to performing chamber music, Guillaume Sutre has also appeared as soloist with the Sinfonia Varsovia, Berlin-Radio Orchestra, Göttingen Symphonic Orchestra, Franz Liszt Orchestra of Budapest, and has performed with conductors Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Stefan Sanderling, David Robertson and Sheldon Morgenstern, among others. He performs at Wigmore Hall, Teatro San Carlo (Naples), Berlin Philharmonie, Musikverein (Vienna), Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), but also travels to more unusual destinations such as the Addis Ababa Conservatory (Ethiopia), Opéra of Manaus (Brazil), Grand Théatre d’Hanoï (Vietnam), and Fondation Bolipata (Philippines).
His recordings for Sony Classical, Decca, Harmonia Mundi, Naïve, Aeon, Ysaÿe Records and Sonarti have received the highest distinctions in France and internationally. His live recording of the complete duets of Haydn and Mozart with violist Miguel da Silva has been hailed by critics as definitive.
Professor of a string quartet class at the Paris City Conservatory for ten years, since 2008 he has held the position of Professor of Violin and director of string chamber music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles. Mr. Sutre is passionately committed to transmitting his knowledge to musicians of younger generations. He regularly performs with his students and in 2014 co-produced the Calidore Quartet’s debut CD.
Guillaume Sutre began his studies in Douai, France; he then entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at age fourteen with Gérard Poulet and Jean-Claude Pennetier. After finishing his studies in France, he attended Indiana University at Bloomington to study with Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli, Menahem Pressler and Janos Starker. He subsequently studied in Cologne with the Amadeus Quartet.
Mr. Sutre regularly serves on juries of prestigious competitions, such as the Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris, and the International String Quartet Competition in Bordeaux. In 1994, SACEM awarded him the prestigious George Enesco Prize. In 1999, he was named Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, and he received the Silver Medal of the City of Paris in 2010.
Guillaume Sutre plays a violin made by Gregorio Antoniazzi, an enigmatic Venetian maker from the Eighteenth Century