Colburn Music Academy
New England Conservatory
18-year-old cellist William Suh of Los Angeles, CA is a Virtu Foundation scholar and a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award by National Public Radio’s “From the Top” program. Other accolades include 1st alternate at the 2016 California Music Teachers' National Association competition, semi-finalist at the Mondavi Center National Young Artists competition, and the grand prize at the Dan Stover Memorial Instrumental competition, having placed first in the Pasadena, Regional, and District competitions. As the winner of the Antelope Valley Symphony Concerto competition, William performed Sergei Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Antelope Valley Symphony.
William has also participated in masterclasses and played for artists such as Matt Haimovitz, Marc Coppey, the Morgenstern Trio and members of the Guarneri and Tokyo String Quartets, among others. He previously attended the Meadowmount School of Music and the Perlman Music Program under the guidance of Astrid Schween, Clara Kim, and Merry Peckham.
Beginning his studies at the age of 6 in Honolulu, Hawaii, William placed 1st at the Music Teachers’ National Association state competitions from 2011 to 2015 and 1st alternate at the 2015 and 2016 MTNA southwest division competitions. A recipient of the Morning Music Club scholarship, he has performed as soloist with the Oahu Civic Orchestra and the Kamuela Philharmonic as the winner of their concerto competition. Former teachers include the late Andrew Eckard (assistant principal of the Honolulu Symphony) and Dr. Jonas Carlson.
William completed his studies at the Colburn Music Academy with Clive Greensmith as a Moe and Arlene Greendale scholarship recipient and is currently a Bachelor of Music candidate at the New England Conservatory with Paul Katz. He plays on a cello by David Burgess generously loaned by the Virtu Foundation.