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The Tekalli Duo is possessed of the type of unified musical vision that takes a lifetime of work to achieve. Fortunately for the brother-sister duo, that work began sixteen years ago when they were children growing up in Florida. Their natural sibling collaboration has allowed them to cover a wide range of repertoire, from the Baroque to new works by emerging composers. Through their performances, audiences have been left breathless by their depth of individual technical mastery as well as their shared musical intuition.
The Tekalli Duo’s diverse ethnic background greatly influences their passion to connect the world through the language of music. Their performances have taken them from New York City’s WMP Recital Hall (where Suliman performed on a Stradivarius) to a pre-revolutionary Libya under the auspices of the United States Embassy as a music exchange of Western and Middle Eastern classical music. Both Jamila and Suliman are also actively engaged in new music, recently premiering their commissioned work, Violin Sonata by New York composer Michael Brown.
Suliman Tekalli, Violinist
Violinist Suliman Tekalli's multi-faceted career spans a wide range of activities from concerto soloist and recitalist to chamber musician and session musician. His concert activities have taken him throughout the U.S., Canada, Central America, and Europe.
Suliman Tekalli has participated in various national and international competitions in which he has claimed high distinctions. First prize in the Blount National String Competition led to his invitation to the Boston University Tangelwood Institute where he served as concertmaster and performed in a special string quartet concert in Ozawa Hall. Mr. Tekalli was also a candidate in the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Competition, a prizewinner at the 2010 Lipizer International Violin Competition in Gorizia, Italy as well as in the 2009 Szeryng International Violin Competition in Mexico, leading to concerts throughout Mexico with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México.
Beyond classical music, Suliman Tekalli has worked as a session violinist in the folk/indie/rock band FIGHTERO, appearing on their debut album "Natural Disaster," and with indie band The Sugar Oaks on their album "Red Grapes in the City." He has also recorded for the acoustic rock artist A Shameful Display. Besides the violin, Mr. Tekalli performs on classical and jazz mandolin.
Attending the Juilliard School and Schwob School of Music for his undergraduate studies and the Cleveland Institute of Music for a Masters in Music performance, his talents had been brought to the attention of the notable pedagogues Hyo Kang, Sergiu Schwartz, and Joel Smirnoff, with whom he studied privately.
Aside from his performing activities, Mr. Tekalli is active in composition. As an advocate for developing personal creativity within performance practice, he composes his own cadenzas for the standard repertoire of the violin literature, as well as original compositions.
Jamila Tekalli, Pianist
American pianist Jamila Tekalli has performed in concerts, festivals, and competitions throughout the United States, Canada, and Ecuador as a solo pianist and collaborative musician.
At age eleven, she was finalist of the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition. She was awarded first place in the MTNA Steinway Collegiate Indiana Piano Competition and National Finalist in the MTNA Baldwin Piano Competition. As concerto competition winner, she performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Liszt’s Totentanz with the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Imre Pallo. Orchestral engagements have featured her as soloist with the Space Coast Symphony in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. Tekalli’s passion for new music lead to a collaboration in the world premiere performance at the New World Center, Miami Beach, of Joungbum Lee’s "Event Horizon" commissioned to the New World Symphony clarinetist Jason Shafer and performed in the New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida and a recently commissioned Violin Sonata composed by New York based composer Michael Brown, written for the Tekalli Duo. Tekalli performed a series of chamber music concerts throughout Ecuador, in alliance with the Fronteras Musicales Abiertas in Cuena and the Teatro Variedade of the Teatro Sucre in Quito.
Tekalli has studied with distinguished artists Julian Martin, Boris Slutsky, Marc Durand, with private study with Evelyne Brancart, Arnaldo Cohen, Laurent Boukobza, Tian Ying, Zalina Gurevich and Leonidas Lipovetsky.
She has performed at the Bowdoin International Festival, Tanglewood Institute, International Keyboard Institute of Mannes, and the Keyboard Festival of Banff Centre, Canada.
Ms. Tekalli holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Piano Performance at the University of Miami.