Suliman Tekalli

Profile of Suliman Tekallin looking off in the distance, in a light blue dress shirt, holding his violin.

Suliman Tekalli


Violinist Suliman Tekalli has established himself as an exciting and versatile soloist and chamber musician, lauded for his visceral yet elegant and intelligent style of performance. Top prize winner of the 2015 Seoul International Music Competition, Mr. Tekalli has performed as soloist with major orchestras throughout North America, Central America, Europe and Asia from D.C.’s Kennedy Center to Seoul Arts Center in Korea. He is also a laureate and prize winner at the Sendai International Music Competition, Lipizer and Szeryng International Violin Competitions, and the 2004 Blount Young Artist Competition. He was also the recipient of the 2013 CIM Maurice and Judith Kaplow Prize for Uncommon Creativity.

Mr. Tekalli began studying the violin in his native Florida with Russian pedagogue Lev Gurevich at the age of three. His early performing career included being featured at the age of 11 on NPR’s “From the Top” and his formal debut with the Orlando Philharmonic at the age of 16.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Tekalli has performed at Yellow Barn Festival, Banff Chamber Music Festival, and Sarasota. He has performed alongside Cho-Liang Lin, David Shifrin, Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet, Donald Weilerstein, Bonnie Hampton, Barry Shiffman, and members of the Tokyo String Quartet. He performs regularly worldwide with the Sejong Soloists, as well as his sibling pianist Jamila Tekalli in the United States and Central America. In 2016, Mr. Tekalli performed in Alice Tully Hall as part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s inaugural “Encounters” program.

Mr. Tekalli has studied with Joel Smirnoff at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Hyo Kang at Juilliard and Yale, and Sergiu Schwartz at the Schwob School of Music. Mr. Tekalli performs on the 1683 ex-Holloway Antonio Stradivarius violin, “Cobbett”, which is on loan to him from Mr. Higgin Kim, Chairman of Byucksan Engineering Co. Ltd through the Stradivari Society of Chicago and Sejong Soloists.