Susanna Bobbs '21 Wins Prestigious Young Artists Competition

Susanna Bobbs won the Summit (NJ) Symphony Young Artists Competition, and will perform the Brück Violin Concerto with the Symphony on Sunday, May 20.

Susanna Bobbs '21 is no stranger to accomplishment. The youngest of eight children, she was born into a musical family surrounded by siblings learning various instruments. She began studying the violin and piano at age four. Susanna started her violin studies with Becky Ensworth and Stephen Simms in Cleveland Ohio, and continues her studies with her sister, Katrina Bobbs Savitski, Frank Huang, former principal of the Houston Symphony, and, on occasion, Paul Kantor of Rice University. Susanna studies piano with her mother, Catherine Bobbs.


Susanna has been a featured soloist on numerous occasions with the Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra, as well as with the Houston Baroque Chamber Orchestra in 2014, the Brazosport Symphony in 2016 and 2017, the North of Houston Symphony in 2017, and the Clear Lake Symphony in 2017. Recently Susanna won first place in the NFMC National Stillman Kelly Competition, Music Doing Good Scholarship, The BAMTA/San Jacinto High School Instrumental Competition, the Brazosport Symphony Concerto Competition, Clear Lake Symphony Concerto Competition, and the North of Houston Concerto Competition. She has won many competitions including taking first place in the Dallas International Junior String Competition, first place in the highly competitive Houston Piano Competition for 12-year-olds, first place in the HMTA Baroque Festival two years in a row, 1st place in the Piano Forum Competition, and first place in the Finals of the 2012 Ohio Buckeye Competition. She won full scholarships to attend the Sewanee Music Festival, Interlochen Advanced Junior String Program, Innsbrook Chamber Program, and the Durango Music in the Mountains Conservatory where she studied with Arkady Fomin. 

Susanna is an avid chamber musician, participating both as a pianist and violinist in her trio with her sister, Bethany Bobbs, and friend, Katie Butler. Her chamber group has won prestigious awards such as the Houston Young Artist Award and 1st place in the Houston Music Teacher Assn. Ensemble competitions. Her chamber groups play frequently for community outreach programs, and she has been awarded for her community service. When she is not practicing or studying, you will find Susanna on a tennis court.

To learn more about the Summit Symphony Young Artists Competition: http://summitsymphony.org/young-artist-competition

To hear an inspiring performance by Susanna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tApxRu9_gjI

Congratulations and bravo!

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