Concertmaster

Sulki Yu

Meet Sulki

The newly appointed Concertmaster of the Orchestra Victoria, violinist Sulki Yu enjoys a busy career as a chamber musician, orchestral leader and a soloist. A prize-winner of the 2006 Yehudi Menuhin and the 2007 Szigeti-Hubay International Violin Competitions, Sulki studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under David Takeno and furthered her studies under Augustin Dumay at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elizabeth in Brussels.

Sulki has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Orchestre Nationale de Lille, Budapest Symphony, Moscow State Academic Symphony, and Royal Wallonie Chamber Orchestras, collaborating with among others Mark Gorenstein, Joji Hattori, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Philippe Herreweghe. Sulki made debut recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre to critical acclaim and has performed on BBC Radio 3 on numerous occasions. A passionate chamber musician, she has been invited to many international chamber music festivals where she has shared the stage with Dong-Suk Kang, Gordon Nikolitch, Charles Neidich and Antonio Meneses amongst others. In 2009 along with cellist Pei-Jee Ng and pianist Chiao-Ying Chang she formed Fournier Trio. The trio were awarded the 2013 Parkhouse Award. They were winners of the 2nd prize and audience prize at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2011 and made their Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall debuts the same year. Until 2022 they are artists in residence at the Oxford University’s Wolfson College.

Until recently, Sulki served as Principal First Violin at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. She plays on a beautiful Niccolo Gagliano violin on loan to her.