Sumina Lydia Studer


Sumina Studer was born in Zurich in 1997, and received her first violin lessons from Simone Zgraggen at the Zurich Conservatory. Ten years later, she moved on to be taught by Philip Draganov. She is currently studying at the “Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, with Professor Antje Weithaas.

She has complemented her studies with masterclasses offered at the “Valdres Sommersymfoni” in Norway, the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Austria, the Pablo Casals Festival in France and the Astona Summer Academy in Switzerland, with teachers such as Roland Vamos, Mihaela Martin, Pierre Amoyal, Ulf Hoelscher, Igor Ozim, Gerhard Schulz, Pavel Vernikov and Alf Richard Kraggerud. She also receives a scholarship from the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein.

Sumina Studer was awarded the 1st prize with distinction for three consecutive years at the Swiss young musicians’ competition “Schweizerischen Jugendmusikwettbewerb” as a soloist, and also won a number of prizes in the chamber music category. She has also won awards at the “European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY)” and the “Concours International A. Grumiaux pour Jeunes Violonistes”. In 2014, she was awarded a cultural prize in her native Switzerland.

Sumina Studer has given solo performances in numerous renowned concert venues, including the Philharmonie in Gasteig in Munich, Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, the Yamaha Concert Hall in Tokyo, Shenzhen Concert Hall, the Eslite Hall in Taipei, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and has performed with the “Neues Orchester Basel”, the “Neues Zürcher Orchester”, the “Sinfonieorchester Nota Bene” and the “Göttinger Symphonie Orchester”. She has also performed at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Werdenberg Music Festival and the FESTIVAL NEXT GENERATION Bad Ragaz. Her most recent solo performances have taken her to Vienna, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. The young violinist is currently a member of the ENSEMBLE ESPERANZA, which is made up of scholarship holders from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein.

In 2015, Sumina Studer’s first solo recording, Tartini’s “Devil’s Trill” Sonata, was released on the CD Italian Journey (SONY RCA Red Seal).

Sumina Studer has been generously supported by the Ruth and Ernst Burkhalter Foundation since 2015. Since 2017 she has been playing a Lorenzo Storioni violin (Cremona, 1774), loaned to her by the “Deutsche Musikinstrumentenfonds”.


September 2017