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Suzanne Fushi, Executive Director

Suzanne Fushi began working at the family firm in 1987 as a salesperson, but she found her true calling as Director of The Stradivari Society, which is a division of Bein & Fushi. Suzanne has been a devoted and enthusiastic advocate of furthering the careers of exceptionally gifted young stringed instrument players in Chicago, the United States, and around the world for over two decades by arranging loans of great, antique stringed instruments, including many by Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù thanks to generous patrons. As one of the driving forces of The Stradivari Society, she has focused on identifying promising artists. Suzanne has worked alongside her father and Chairman of the Society, the late Geoffrey Fushi, and still collaborates closely with Society Founder Mary Galvin and the many other patrons of the society, including Karen and Clement Arrison.

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Suzanne Fushi
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Geoffrey Fushi and Suzanne Fushi with Joshua Bell
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Suzanne Fushi, violinist and Stradivari Society recipient Phillipe Quint, and Stradivari Society Founder Mary Galvin at a Woman’s Athletic Club performance
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She has been essential in helping to build the Society’s collection of thirty rare Italian instruments worth over $100 million. Among The Stradivari Society’s current and former recipients are some of today’s most esteemed artists, including Midori, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Vadim Gluzman, Philippe Quint, Sarah Chang, Maxim Vengerov, and Vadim Repin.

“I’m so incredibly proud of my parents, Jean and Geoffrey Fushi, and all that they’ve accomplished with The Stradivari Society and Bein & Fushi. Being able to carry the work of the Society forward and working with my mother and Society Founder Mary Galvin as well as the many artists and patrons along with presenting concerts and promoting Society recipients continues to be exciting and gratifying.” – Suzanne Fushi
“Suzanne is such a sensitive and caring individual; she is perfectly suited to carrying on Geoff’s passion for seeing that the right instruments are placed in the hands of the right performers. Any role that I can play in supporting her work is a privilege.” – Alan Heatherington, conductor

Her career highlights include organizing and presenting performances featuring Stradivari Society recipients honoring the late Geoffrey Fushi in September, 2013 marking his 70th birthday, the annual recital series at the Woman’s Athletic Club for over ten years, the President’s Advisory Committee for the Arts and Humanities, a special concert featuring former Society recipient Midori at the Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago, the Rising Stars of The Stradivari Society concerts in New York City and Buffalo, a special dinner hosted by Mayor Daley honoring China’s President Jiang Zemin, a special event honoring Illinois’ First Lady Patricia Blagojevich, along with concerts at the Field Museum, Harold Washington Library, and WFMT-FM, among many others. She has served on the Advisory Board of the North Shore Chamber Music Festival and as a member of the Sejong Soloists’ Benefit Committee.

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After a Woman’s Athletic Club recital: violinists Vadim Gluzman and Augustin Hadelich with Suzanne Fushi At the Geoffrey Fushi Tribute Concert: former Society Recipient Elli Choi, Bein & Fushi Salesman Alec Fushi, Suzanne Fushi, Orli Gluzman, Recipient Phillipe Quint, Society Artistic Advisor and Recipient Vadim Gluzman, Pianist Angela Yoffe Suzanne Fushi and Kyoko Takezawa

Suzanne presented an annual series of master classes that were held in Bein & Fushi’s elegant Great Room for over twenty years. The Master Class Series provided an unparalleled opportunity for students of our foremost teachers to be heard by and receive guidance from top international artists and pedagogues including the legendary violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Ruggiero Ricci, Vadim Repin, Vadim Gluzman, and Joseph Silverstein; and cellist Truls Mørk.

Vadim Gluzman, Artistic Advisor and Recipient

Recipient of a violin by Antonio Stradivari of 1690, “Auer,” generously loaned by The Stradivari Society, Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry brings back to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. His wide repertoire embraces contemporary music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalog of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label. He has served as the Society’s artistic advisor since 2013.

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“Dueling Strads” in the heat of battle: Philippe Quint and Vadim Gluzman with pianist Angela Yoffe perform at the Chautauqua Music Festival
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The Israeli violinist appears regularly with major orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, London Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and NHK Symphony; and with leading conductors including Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Tugan Sokhiev, Andrew Litton, Marek Janowski, Semyon Bychkov, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Itzhak Perlman, Paavo Järvi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Hannu Lintu and Peter Oundjian. His festival appearances include Verbier, Ravinia, Lockenhaus, Pablo Casals, Colmar, Jerusalem, and the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Northbrook, Illinois, which was founded by Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and long-standing recital partner.

“The Stradivari Society has been a very important part of my life for over a decade—Mrs. Mary Galvin and Suzanne Fushi have become almost like a second family to me. The value of the support and encouragement that the Society is giving to musicians is impossible to overestimate! I feel humbled and honored to be a recipient and to be asked to serve as the artistic advisor for the Society.” –Vadim Gluzman

Following highly acclaimed recent performances with the Berlin Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra, the 2015-16 season saw Gluzman making first appearances with the Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Festival under Christoph von Dohnányi and with the National Symphony in Washington under Andrew Litton. He also performs with the Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Chailly, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Detroit, Oregon and Luzern Symphonies, as well as the Philharmonic Orchestras of Dresden, Stuttgart, St. Petersburg and Monte Carlo. Gluzman will also appear in recitals in London, Jerusalem, Lyon, and Kronberg. He will lead performances with the Moscow Virtuosi, Sinfonietta Cracovia, and Vancouver Symphony, and will continue his collaboration with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, as Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.

Vadim Gluzman has given live and recorded premieres of works by composers such as Giya Kancheli, Pēteris Vasks, Lera Auerbach and Sofia Gubaidulina. In 2016, he will give the world premiere performances of a major work by Lera Auerbach for violin, orchestra and chorus with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and culminating with the BBC Symphony at the London Proms.

Gluzman’s latest CD features Sergey Prokofiev’s Sonatas No. 1 and 2 as well as three transcriptions from Romeo and Juliet. Accolades for his extensive discography under the exclusive contract with BIS Records include the Diapason d’Or of the Year, Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Classica Magazine’s esteemed Choc de Classica award, and Disc of the Month by The Strad, BBC Music Magazine, ClassicFM, and others.

Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Vadim Gluzman began violin studies at age 7. Before moving to Israel in 1990, where he was a student of Yair Kless, he studied with Roman Sne in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia. In the US his teachers were Arkady Fomin and, at the Juilliard School, the late Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Early in his career, Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and support of Isaac Stern, and in 1994 he received the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award.

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North Shore Chamber Music Festival 2015 performers: pianist Angela Yoffe, conductor and pianist Andrew Litton, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, and violinist Vadim Gluzman
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Suzanne Fushi, Angela Yoffe, Vadim Repin, Geoffrey Fushi, Vadim Gluzman, and Alec Fushi