Minnesota Orchestra first associate concertmaster talks touring, and making music spontaneous

Posted on: August 13, 2019

Australian violinist Susie Park, the Minnesota Orchestra’s first associate concertmaster, discusses “a career that’s taken her from the Sydney Domain as a teenager, to the Musikverein,” writes Angus McPherson in Monday’s (8/12) Limelight (Australia). “Q: Your career has taken you around the world—what have been the most memorable moments for you? Park: I’ll never forget playing in the Musikverein as a freshman at Curtis…. Playing in the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto, South Africa with the Minnesota Orchestra last summer was awe-inspiring. Q: You also play jazz—what do you enjoy about that, and how does it complement your ‘classical’ career? Park: I’ve always valued freedom and spontaneity in performances…. I’m so inspired when in the presence of an artist who can create in the moment. Q: You were appointed first associate concertmaster with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2015. What have been the highlights of that period? Park: It’s a privilege to be a part of the Minnesota Orchestra—we’re known for a ‘no diva’ attitude and spirit, which has manifested most visibly in our international tours. I was on the Cuba tour in 2015…. I learned so much from the Cuban musicians and their unique musical sensibilities and rhythms!”

Posted August 13, 2019