and 110% unusual. I find him independent, unassuming but confident, with a great deal of presence."
Catherine Filene Shouse, Founder of Wolf Trap
Concerto No. 2 in D minor, is a perfect example of the romantic virtuoso concerto,
displaying not only the incredible technical capabilities of the instrument
but also a wide expanse of emotions. These demands were not only
met but exceeded by violinist Leonid Sushansky. He approached the work with
passion, but always kept a sweet tone. He seemed to throw off the technical
challenges as insignificant, yet always kept up the intensity. And his approach
to phrasing was elegant, especially with final notes, which then took on a
new life to begin another phrase."
The Washington Post
The New York Times
soloist for Maryland Symphony's performance of Khachaturian's Violin Concerto
was Leonid Sushansky, who possesses a direct lineage to this
work. His mother and first teacher, violinist Rimma Sushanskaya, was a pupil
of David Oistrakh, who premiered the work in 1940...Sushansky was at his best in the long lyrical lines...the extensive cadenza
showed off Sushansky's mastery of double stops and his dramatic flair.
plays with so much heart it makes you want to cry."
Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio
Ms. Danchenko-Stern and Leonid Sushansky from St. Petersburg opened with J.M.
Leclair's Sonata in D Major. The seamless chemistry between these gifted artists
brought thunderous applause from an appreciative audience. Mr.
Sushansky provided and entertaining and informative background on this selection
and Tchaikovsky's Melody and Saint-Saens' Introduction and Rondo Cappricioso."
The US State Department Magazine
is a very talented young artist whose technical prowess is matched by his
sensitivity and musicianship."
the instrument smoothly, bringing out many of the delicate shadings that can
easily be lost in the performances of Bach's subtle compositions. This quality
was especially apparent in the second movement, filled with its complex polyphony
and patterns. Throughout, the violinist played with exquisite precision and
feeling for the subtle tones characteristic of both Bach and all Baroque music."
The Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore
the house down when he appeared here with the Grossman Orchestra...kept the
audience enthralled to the last note."
Metroviews, New York City
performed Nardini's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, sailing
through the fast movements without an ounce of trouble. In the slower middle
section, he brought out a more songful line that had a freshness and simplicity
about it. His reading was clean, supple, elegant, and above all, impressive."
The Greenwich Gazette
Sushansky possesses a very solid technique and commands a full rich tone from
Il Progresso (Translated from Italian)
"His rich playing of works by Bloch, Prokofiev and Bizet / Waxman showed that he is comfortable in the role of a musical storyteller. In Bloch's "Baal Shem" Suite," he imbued the cheerfully romanticized Jewish folk melodies with gorgeous tone. He played with passionate and remarkably focused intensity."
The Washington Post
impeccable in the execution of works by Wieniawsky, Paganini and Kreisler."
"Leonid shows every sign of developing into a major violinist in his own right."
The Denver Post