Festival Lille Clef de Soleil

Suzanne Ramon

Child prodigy born in Budapest, Suzanne Ramon plays at age 8 on Hungarian Radio. At 10, she won the Béla Bartok Prize. At 13, she played Schumann’s Concerto in Tel Aviv, and a year later she graduated from the Tel Aviv Academy.

André Navarra having heard it during a recital, invites him to Paris, where she is welcomed by Georges Cziffra, the famous Hungarian pianist. She is received at the National Conservatory of Music of Paris as a student of André Navarra. Two years later, when she was not yet 18 years old, a first Cello Award unanimously crowns her exceptional talent. The same year she won the Orreste Ferrari Grand Prix (Italy), and she won the International Competition of Geneva (Switzerland).

In 1974 she recorded her first album, Zoltan Kodaly’s Sonata for Cello Alone, which is still a reference.

In 1975, Suzanne RAMON took part in the show “Le Grand Echiquier” presented by Jacques Chancel, of which Georges Cziffra is the main guest. BBC recitals followed in Britain and Brussels followed by a tour with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

She started an international career, and soon Great Britain, the USA, Canada, France, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium acclaim … Whether in Paris at Salle Pleyel or at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London or at Carnegie Hall in New York, his genius is greeted unanimously in the international musical world.

In 2004, triumphal return to Budapest, his hometown, with a concert in the prestigious Salle de l’Académie Franz Liszt. This concert was the subject of a live recording, commercialized in CD and available in digital.

In 2006, invited to the St. Petersburg Festival, Suzanne Ramon recorded the Dvorak Concerto in Moscow in the prestigious Tchaikovsky Great Hall. This CD is not only unanimously praised by the trade press as an event, but an excerpt will be included in the “single CD” sold by the Express in 350,000 copies. In addition, three of his other interpretations were included in the box set of the “Ideal Disco” sold by the newspaper.

In 2013 she was invited to China and sold out in Shenzhen the Elgar Concerto, Bloch Rapsodie and Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. This concert is so successful that it is re-invited four months later. His new recording of Vivaldi concertos, C.Ph.E. Bach and Haydn with the Camerata of Lausanne directed by Pierre Amoyal is greeted by the press in these terms: “The cello of Suzanne Ramon joins the 18th century: Superb!