Violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou rose to fame on the International concert scene when she unanimously won three prestigious International Violin Competitions in France, Italy, and Spain (Long-Thibaud, Lipizer and Sarasate International Violin Competitions).
Since then, Susanne Hou has toured the world as a soloist with major orchestras in over 50 countries, collaborating with world-renowned conductors and artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Spivakov, Marcello Viotti, Andreas Delfs, Marek Janowski, and Alain Trudel, together with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, WDR Cologne, Czech National Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic to name a few.
November 2013 saw Susanne Hou realising a life-long dream, when she recorded the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra as a tribute to a unique 300-year history of an outstanding 1735 ex-Fritz Kreisler Mary Portman Guarneri del Gesù violin.
Last season, Susanne embarked on a major tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor John Nelson featuring the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and following their performance and recording of this concerto at the Cadogan Hall the year before. The CD was released in autumn 2017 on ICA Classics coinciding with the tour. A passionate advocate of music education, Susanne went on to film a masterclass of this work for the groundbreaking educational platform DakApp.
Recent and upcoming highlights include an 18-concert tour with the Sinfonietta Cracovia in Germany, a return to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Alexander Shelley and to the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra with Han-Na Chang, following her sensational début with Krzysztof Urbański in 2016, performances with the Shanghai and Calgary Philharmonic, as well as the Oregon Mozart Players among other engagements.
Born into a musical family, Yi-Jia Susanne had music surrounding her all her life. Aged five she gave her first public performance and at nine years, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto invited her as a scholarship student. She went on to receive a scholarship to The Juilliard School where she was a student of Dorothy DeLay, Naoko Tanaka, and Cho-Liang Lin.