Soloists and Duos from Frisson

Available for performances and master classes

Schwarz & Bournaki, cello & piano duo

Cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki met as students at the Aspen Music Festival in 2006. Over the subsequent years they reconnected at the Verbier festival in Switzerland, and as students at the Juilliard School in New York City. They began their musical collaboration in 2014 and made their debut together in recital at the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC for the Embassy Series. 

In November, 2016 the duo won 1st prize in the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition’s inaugural “The Art of Duo” from an applicant pool of over 150. During the 17-18 season they will present 1st prizewinner recitals at the Boulder Bach Festival, as well as debuts at the University Club (NYC), Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (VA), Musical Club of Hartford (CT), Bravo Niagara! Festival (ON), the complete Bach Gamba Sonatas at Bargemusic (NYC), and a Stutchevsky retrospective at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (NYC).  

In March 2017 the duo embarked on a 10-recital tour of China, including the grand-opening performance at the new concert hall in Qianjiang. Past engagements include recitals at the National Arts Club (NYC), Bargemusic (Brooklyn, NYC), Thurnauer School of Music (Tenafly, NJ), University of North Carolina Greensboro (Eastern Music Festival), Danbury Music Center (CT), Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (MA), Rosenegg Castle (Steyr, Austria), Paul Hall at The Juilliard School, Hammond Chamber Music Series (Boston, MA), Peninsula College (Port Angeles, WA), Second City Chamber Series (Tacoma, WA), Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (Nova Scotia, Canada), and an appearance on the prizewinners program at the Mozarteum, Salzburg. 

Suliman Tekalli, violinist

Violinist Suliman Tekalli has established himself as an exciting and versatile soloist and chamber musician, lauded for his visceral yet elegant and intelligent style of performance.  Top prize winner of the 2015 Seoul International Music Competition, Mr. Tekalli has performed as soloist with major orchestras throughout North America, Central America, Europe and Asia from D.C.’s Kennedy Center to Seoul Arts Center in Korea.  He is also a laureate and prize winner at the Sendai International Music Competition, Lipizer and Szeryng International Violin Competitions, and the 2004 Blount Young Artist Competition.  He was also the recipient of the 2013 CIM Maurice and Judith Kaplow Prize for Uncommon Creativity.


Sam Suggs, bassist