November 2013 – The music of Beethoven played an important part in the curtain call of a virtuosic pairing. Canadian Yi-Jia Susanne Hou bid adieu to her somewhat older partner. A prized violin that’s nearing 300 years old. The CBC’s Margaret Evans reports from London, UK.
April 2014 – A fun Q&A in The Juilliard Journal written by pianist (and current Juilliard student) Angie Zhang. This renowned institution in New York shaped me profoundly as an artist. I continue to be honoured to stay connected to this vital artistic center and its brilliant young talents. Read more.
Nov. 2013 – It will be her last time on stage with a rare $6-million violin crafted in 1735 by famed Italian violin maker Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, and once played by the great Austrian violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler. It has been in her care for more than four years, on loan from a program that matches exquisite old violins with exquisite young players. Read more.
April 7, 2014 – Does age matter? Together with 10 world-class violin virtuosos, I participated in a ‘double blind’ violin taste test in Paris last year by Claudia Fritz & Joseph Curtain & Hughes Borsarello, comparing famed Stradivari violins to anonymous modern violins. Recent research suggests “we virtuosos” cannot tell the difference. Read more.
April 8, 2014 – Professional violinists cannot actually tell the difference between a Stradivarius and a modern instrument, experts find. Read more.
A solo violinist who has performed with orchestra’s all around the world, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, joins us in studio with a preview of her upcoming performance with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
‘As It Happens’ interview from London, UK
Nov.27, 2013 – Just moments after her recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Hou rushed down to the cellar of a pub to do this live phone interview in Canada with CBC Radio’s As It Happens. Listen to her emotion — and exhaustion! — after a marathon UK recording session that was a tribute to her parents, Beethoven, and a rare violin. Click play button.