My relationship with Michael Sussmann began in 2012 when I was tasked with finding lodging and transportation for his concert at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Together, we have been brewing up concert ideas for him for another USA tour in the fall of 2014. We are currently looking at covering concerts in the both the East and West Coasts. His information is below. Please contact me with any inquiries for Michael or Zachary Silberschlag.
Michael Süssmann started to play the violin at the age of five, and made his first public performance at the age of seven as a soloist with the KFUM orchestra in Bergen, Norway. Later, he studied with Ernst Glaser and Karsten Andersen, 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 at the Royal Conservatpoire Concour in 1976, whereupon he was continuing to study 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, “The confident and smooth play of the soloist along with temperament and first-class technique lifted us above the everyday’s life.” Süssmann was awarded with several scholarships.
In 1980, he became the concertmaster of Tromsø Symphony Orchestra, and director of the string section at Tromsø Music School. Some years later, Süssmann’s solo career gave him the opportunity to work as 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 that produces approximately 130 concerts every year through different concert series. Süssmann has also founded the Bergen International Chamber Music Festival and has performed in 25 countries in Europe, Asia, and the USA. He has also devoted a significant amount of time to help young, and talented, artists have the opportunity to perform in a professional environment.
Süssmann’s latest recording is of two Grieg Violin Sonatas (No. 1 & 3) and the brilliant Thomas Tellefsen Sonata in G Major (ARENA Records). In 2012/2013 Süssmann has toured in the USA, Russia, Germany, Poland, Albania, Iceland, and Italy.
He is also the chairman for the annual Ole Bull Prize. Michael Süssmann plays a Michelangelo Bergonzi violin, Cremona.
Zachary Silberschlag, trumpet
Zachary Silberschlag, trumpet, received his Master of Music Degree at age 19 from Manhattan School of Music, as a student of Mark Gould. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, with a major in music, from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2011, at the age of 17. He was also awarded St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s “Mattie Key” Award for Excellence in Music.
While studying at Manhattan School of Music, Zachary performed as principal trumpet in the School’s critically acclaimed production of Kurt Weill’s opera,“Mahagonny.” Other notable activities were his performances as principal trumpet of Manhattan School’s Philharmonia with George Manahan, New York Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, “Manhattan Brass Quintet” at the Snapple Theater, with various fusion and jazz artists including Kate Davis and with jazz pianist Randy Richie.
While at St. Mary’s College of Maryland Zachary performed frequently as Principal Trumpet of the St. Mary’s College Orchestra and held the Principal Trumpet of the Maryland Youth Symphony from 2006-2010. He was a “Music Fellow” of Chesapeake Orchestra during its 2011 summer season.
He has appeared as soloist with the Maryland Youth Symphony on their Italian Tour in 2008 and performed the Riisager Concertino with the Chesapeake Orchestra at River Concert Series in 2009. During the summers of 2008 and 2009, Zachary won participation at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina.
Zachary has participated in many international master classes for trumpet including those offered by Reinhold Friedrich (Principal Trumpet, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra), Giuliano Sommerhalder (Principal Trumpet Concertgebouw Orchestra), Allen Vizzutti (soloist), Andrei Ikov (Principal Trumpet, Bolshoi Orchestra), and William Nulty (Principal Trumpet, Zurich Opera).
Along with his trumpet studies with his father, Jeffrey Silberschlag, Zachary has also had the opportunity to study with Gerard Schwarz, Andrew Balio (Principal Trumpet, Baltimore Symphony), John Wallace (Principal Trumpet, Philharmonia Orchestra) and Ercole Cerretta (RAI Orchestra).
In the fall of 2008, Zach was invited to record on his first CD, the music of Scarlatti and Handel, with international trumpet artists including John Wallace, Andrew Balio, and his father. Zachary has participated for six seasons at the Alba Music Festival in Italy and In November 2010, Zachary was a finalist in the Chieri Trumpet Competition held in Italy, and a semi-finalist in the national trumpet competition.
Recently Zachary has performed the Vivaldi Concerto for two trumpets with his father in Italy and with the Chesapeake Orchestra at National Harbor, Woodlawn Estate and Wineries, and at River Concert Series.
During the summer of 2012, he attended the prestigious Chosen Vale Trumpet master classes and was coached by Hakan Hardenberger, Edward Carroll, Tom Stevens, and Steve Burns.
Zachary became Assistant Principal and third trumpet of the Chesapeake Orchestra in 2012, and was invited to perform as first trumpet on several works by the Orchestra’s distinguished Principal Trumpets, Robert Birch and J. Carlton Rowe.
In May of 2013, Zach appeared as soloist in Copland’s Quiet City with Metropolitan Opera’s English Horn soloist, Pedro Diaz and the Romanian State Symphony. In June 2013, he appeared as soloist in the Torelli Trumpet Concerto at National Harbor.
This fall, at age 20, Zachary will complete his fellowship in the Doctoral program of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Video: Copland Quiet City, Alba Festival Orchestra, Zach Silberschlag, trumpet Pedro Diaz, Eng horn (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)