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Administration

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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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

Universally recognized among today’s top performing artists, Vadim Gluzman brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gluzman’s wide repertoire embraces new music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label.

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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 such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw. Gluzman has enjoyed collaborations with many of today’s leading conductors, including Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Hannu Lintu, Tugan Sokhiev, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jukka-Pekka Saraste. His festival appearances include performances at Lockenhaus, Ravinia, Tanglewood, and Verbier, as well as the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago, founded by Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and 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

Highlights of his 2018-19 season include performances with the Chicago Symphony under Osmo Vänskä and Cleveland Orchestra under Michail Jurowski, concerts in Australia with the Sydney, Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, and with the Bamberger Symphoniker, Bergen Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and Seattle Symphony. He will lead performances with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, where he serves as Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.

Mr. Gluzman celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of violinist Henryk Szeryng with the Hamburg NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Warsaw Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México. In 1994, Gluzman was awarded the Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award and today performs on a Dominique Peccatte bow from Szeryng’s collection, previously owned by Eugène Ysaÿe.

Also this season, Mr. Gluzman will give the U.S. premiere of Lera Auerbach’s ‘The Infant Minstrel and His Peculiar Menagerie’ with the Louisiana Philharmonic under Carlos Miguel Prieto. He has given live and recorded premieres of other works by Lera Auerbach, as well as Giya Kancheli, Elena Firsova, Pēteris Vasks, Michael Daugherty, and most recently Sofia Gubaidulina.

Vadim Gluzman’s latest CD for the BIS label features Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major with Lucerne Symphony conducted by James Gaffigan and includes the composer’s Sonata No.1 for Violin and Piano, performed with Angela Yoffe. Accolades for his extensive discography include the Diapason d’Or of the Year, Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Classica magazine’s Choc de Classica award, and Disc of the Month by The StradBBC Music MagazineClassicFM, and others.

Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin studies at age 7. He studied with Roman Šnē in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia before moving to Israel in 1990, where he became a student of Yair Kless. In the United States, he studied with Arkady Fomin in Dallas and at the Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Early in his career, Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and mentorship of Isaac Stern which continued until Stern’s passing in 2001.

Mr. Gluzman serves as Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and teaches at the Keshet Eilon International Music Center in Israel. He performs on the legendary 1690 “Leopold Auer” Stradivari on extended loan to him through the generosity of The Stradivari Society of Chicago.

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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

Philippe Quint, Artistic Advisor and Recipient

Multi Grammy Award nominee Violinist Philippe Quint has established himself as one of the leading violinists of his generation. “Truly phenomenal” is how BBC Music Magazine recently described him. Mr. Quint’s commanding technique and musical curiosity has led him to reimagine traditional works, rediscover neglected repertoire and continue his journey presenting new works of the most outstanding composers of today. Constantly in demand, he regularly appears at venues ranging from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig to Carnegie Hall in New York, appearing in recent seasons at the most prestigious festivals including Verbier, Colmar, Hollywood Bowl and Dresden Festspiele.

Named Artist-in-Association for 2018/1019 season by Utah Symphony which will include two weeks of performances with the orchestra and a recording for Hyperion label, other highlights of Mr. Quint’s forthcoming season will include a special release of new arrangements of works by Charlie Chaplin, Chaplin’s Smile, for Warner Classics Label, debut with Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Moscow debut with the National Philharmonic of Russia conducted by Maestro Vladimir Spivakov and taking the Chaplin Project on tour with recitals in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh, Berlin, London, Utrecht  and Bilbao.

In addition to his award winning discography, the celebrated American violinist of Russian heritage has won worldwide acclaim playing with world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Quint’s appearances in recent seasons have taken him to the London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony,  Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Weimar Staatskapelle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, China National Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Komische Oper Orchestra, Leipzig’s MDR performing under the batons of such renowned conductors as late Kurt Masur,  Edo De Waart, Andrew Litton, Tugan Sokhiev, Ludovic Morlot, James Gaffigan, Carl St. Clair, Michael Stern, Vladimir Spivakov, Cristian Macelaru, Kristian Jarvi, Krzysztof Urbanski, Jorge Mester, Jahja Ling, Krzysztof Urbanski, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Tugan Sokhiev, Tito Munoz, Steven Sloane and Bramwell Tovey.

In the 2016/17 season at the invitation of Maestro Vladimir Spivakov, Philippe opened the 28th edition of the Colmar Festival dedicated to Jascha Heifetz with Tugan Sokhiev conducting Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in a performance of Korngold Violin Concerto.

Winner of “Ambassador of Arts” award in 2014 presented to Philippe Quint by Brownstone and Gateway Organizations at the United Nations in March of 2014, his 2015-2016 season highlights included debuts with Seattle Symphony with Ludovic Morlot, Milwaukee Symphony with Edo de Waart, Kansas Symphony with Michael Stern, Vancouver Symphony with James Gaffigan, returns to San Diego Symphony with Jahja Ling and Indianapolis Symphony with Krzysztof Urbanski.

In the summer 2015, he hosted the 2nd Annual Benefit “Philippe Quint & Friends” at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall presented by Russian American Foundation. The first benefit concert took place at the New York Times Center in 2014 and featured John Corigliano, Joshua Bell, Michael Bacon, J.Ralph and Emily Bergl. Along with Lou Diamond Phillips, Darren Criss and Lea Salonga, Philippe appeared at the Kennedy Center’s “After the Storm” Benefit Concert for Philippines. Later that summer he also debuted at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a part of a special “Joshua Bell & Friends” concert.

Philippe Quint is the first classical artist to star in the lead role of a major independent film Downtown Express co-starring Nellie McKay from producer Michael Hausmann (Gangs of New York, Brokeback Mountain and Amadeus) and multi-Emmy winning director David Grubin. This 2012 film premiered in New York and Los Angeles as well as at a number of national and international film festivals including Woodstock, New York, Houston (Opening Night), Mons (Belguim), Cuba, Vermont, and Florida.

An active chamber musician, Philippe has appeared at the Mostly Mozart, Verbier, Luzern,  Caramoor, Colmar,  Ravinia, Aspen, Rome, Moritzburg, La Jolla, Lincoln Center and Chautauqua festivals and in recital and chamber performances at Kravis Center, UC Davis Presents, National Gallery in Washington most recently, at San Francisco Performances with Composer/Pianist Lera Auerbach.

Quint’s live performances and interviews have been broadcast on television by CBS, CNN, ABC, BBC World News, NBC, Reuters, Bloomberg TV, as well as by radio stations nationwide including NPR, WNYC and WQXR. His recordings have received multiple “Editor’s Choice” selections in Gramophone, The Strad, Strings, and the Daily Telegraph. His remarkable degree of lyricism, poetry and impeccable virtuosity has gripped the eyes and ears of audiences in Asia, Australia, Latin America, Africa, Europe and the U.S. with what The Times (London) describes as his “bravura technique, and unflagging energy.”

Philippe Quint’s formidable award winning  discography includes a large variety of rediscovered treasures along with popular works from standard repertoire. His AvantiClassics label recordings include Mendelssohn & Bruch Violin Concertos paired with Beethoven’s Romances with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería led by Carlos Miguel Prieto, original arrangements of Bach’s works by composer/pianist Matt Herskowitz titled “Bach XXI” , “Opera Breve” CD with pianist Lily Maisky, Glazunov & Khachaturian Violin Concertos with Bochumer Sinfoniker and Steven Sloane and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Sofia Philharmonic led by conductor Martin Panteleev, paired with Anton Arensky’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 35.

Other critically acclaimed albums are on Naxos label and include the world premiere recording of John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices, Korngold’s Violin Concerto (Prieto/Mineria), William Schuman’s Violin Concerto, Ned Rorem’s Violin Concerto, Miklos Rozsa’s Complete Works for Violin and Piano with pianist William Wolfram, Bernstein’s Serenade (Alsop/Bournemouth) and a unique compilation of works by Paganini arranged by Fritz Kreisler, which BBC Music Magazine called “truly phenomenal.”

Born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg, Russia), Philippe Quint studied at the Moscow’s Special Music School for the Gifted with the famed Russian violinist Andrei Korsakov, and made his orchestral debut at the age of nine. After moving to the United States, he earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. His distinguished pedagogues and mentors included Dorothy Delay, Cho-Liang Lin, Masao Kawasaki, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt and Felix Galimir.

The Chicago Tribune proclaimed, “Here is a fiddle virtuoso whose many awards are fully justified by the brilliance of his playing.” Among his many honors, Quint was the winner of the Juilliard Competition and Career Grant Recipient of Salon de Virtuosi, Bagby and Clarisse Kampel Foundations.

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