Top violinist returns to perform with Philharmonic

One of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s favorite guest artists will return Saturday for her third appearance in recent years.

Violinist Susie Park, first associate concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra and an artist who has played all over the world, joins the ensemble for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s spirited Violin Concerto, slated for the second half of the 7:30 p.m. concert at Judson Erne Auditorium, 1400 25th St. She previously appeared with the Philharmonic in 2011 and 2013.

In past interviews with The Republic, Park has emphasized that, when she attends concerts herself, she enjoys artists who can powerfully reach people.

“I like it when performers are really communicating,” she said. “Music is a matter of how it makes you feel. If someone is really channeling that amazing force from the stage, you truly feel it. You can’t not feel it. You’re just moved by it. And that’s awesome.”

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The native of Sydney, Australia first picked up a violin at age 3, made her solo debut at 5 and by 16 had performed with every major orchestra in her country, according to her website at In her concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Australia, she has performed for audiences as large as 120,000 people.

Philharmonic Music Director David Bowden became a fan of the Juilliard-trained musician when he saw her at the 2002 International Violin Competition in Indianapolis. When she played with the Philharmonic in September 2011, Bowden received at least 50 requests from audience members in following days to have her back.

He has labeled her as an artist with “great flair and deep musicianship.”

Park, who plays a J.B. Guadagnini violin made in 1740, is passionate about chamber music. She is a founding member of ECCO, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless ensemble comprising a diverse selection of talented chamber musicians, soloists and principal string players from American orchestras.

Offstage, she has designed gowns and accessories, and knits well enough that she has considered publicly selling her scarves and other creations.

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Who: Violinist Susie Park performing with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Judson Erne Auditorium, 1400 25th St., Columbus

Tickets: $5 to $50, available at and sometimes at the door.

Information: 812-376-2638 or