Biography

Born and raised in a German-Japanese family of professional musicians, Susanna Yoko Henkel started playing the violin already at age two, starting with her mother. She was mainly trained by the legendary violin pedagogue Ana Chumachenco in Munich. Already during her early studies she has won many prestigious prizes at international competitions such as the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, the Mozart Competition in Salzburg and the Tibor Varga Competition in Sion.

n 1998, Susanna Yoko Henkel has won the first prize at the German Music Competition in Berlin. She has also has received scholarships by the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund and the German Foundation "Musikleben".

In 2011, Susanna Yoko Henkel was awarded with the prestigious "ECHO Klassik" award for her live recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
This award, which has often been quoted as the "European Grammy", has carried the young violinist into the centre of high media interest, which has led to appearances in the most popular German TV-shows and introduced her to a large audience.

In October 2012, Susanna Yoko Henkel made her debut in the sold-out Philharmonie in Cologne/Germany. Since many years she is appearing regularly with leading European orchestras such as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Sinfonieorchester Mozarteum Salzburg, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and many others.

Besides her work as a soloist, Susanna Yoko Henkel is also a dedicated chamber musician. In 2006 she founded her own chamber music festival in Zagreb/Croatia, which belongs to the leading cultural events in Croatia. Her chamber music partners include, among others, Gabriela Montero, Lauma Skride, Pavel Gililov, Milana Chernyavska, Radovan Vlatković, Jing Zhao and Maxim Rysanov. The festival’s live-broadcasts have been released on "YouTube" and have reached more than one million views so far.

Susanna Yoko Henkel plays on the  "Ex Leslie Tate" Stradivarius from 1710, generously loaned by a private proprietor.

 

Discography

Old Souls - Chamber Music for Flute and Strings

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