Alexander Suleiman studied with Eldar Issakadze, Daniil Shafran, and Natalia Gutman and has won numerous competitions not only with his main instrument but also as a pianist in Germany, Spain, the USA, and Korea. His solo and chamber music CDs include world premiere recordings and have been released on numerous labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, MDG, TYXArt, and GuildMusic. The most recent CD recording was awarded the “Opus Klassik” (the former “Echo Award”) in October 2019.
As a soloist Mr. Suleiman follows invitations to play with leading orchestras at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the National Performing Arts Center in Beijing, the Mahler City Hall in Cape Town, as well as others in China, Germany, Russia, Italy, Austria, and South Africa. He frequently performs chamber music with his colleagues at international music festivals such as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Woerthersee Classics, the WOM in Spain, and others. In addition he is holding the position as artistic director at the Sommerakademie Neuburg, an international festival in Germany with a long-standing tradition, celebrating its’ 43rd anniversary in 2021.
Alexander Suleiman directs outreach programs, and has been honored with the appointment as artistic director of the Art Conquers Borders Academy. The mandate of the academy is to train promising artists from developing countries. His duties commenced with a concert at the German House of Congress in Berlin. Subsequently the German press referred to him as an Ambassador of Music and as such he has concertized throughout Europe, Jordan, Palestine and Israel, Africa, as well as Asia including North and South Korea.
His passion for interdisciplinary projects made him artist in residence at the Dulwich International College and he has presented many projects such as MMM – Music, Maths and Magic at all its’ campuses in Singapore, Myanmar, Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Seoul and Zhuhai. He held the position of a guest professor at the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in Hangzhou in 2018 and 2019. There he also conducts its chamber orchestra, which has been awarded the first prize for chamber orchestras in Zhejiang/China under his baton.
Following his position as an Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for numerous years, Mr Suleiman has accepted the position as a Distinguished Professor of Cello at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He is a frequent member of jury panels in international competitions in Hong Kong, Jerusalem, Beijing, Finland, as well as in the US.
Besides his passion for music and cello in particular Mr. Suleiman’s life displays a variety of facets that include degrees in Mathematics, Physics, Latin, and ancient Greek. He is holding the black belt in Taekwondo and in his spare time he pursues his passion for tournament chess as well as close up magic as a distinguished Active Magician Member of the world renowned Magic Castle in L. A.