GUILLAUME SUTRE began his studies in Douai, France; he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at age 14. As a student of Gérard Poulet and Jean-Claude Pennetier, he was awarded first prize in both violin and in chamber music. After finishing his studies in France, he attended Indiana University at Bloomington to study with Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli, Menahem Pressler, and Janos Starker. He then studied in Cologne with the Amadeus Quartet.
He was only 18 years old when he won first prize in the International Violin Competition, A. Curci, in Napoli; the International Piano-Trio ARD Competition in Munich; and the International Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana. Subsequently, he was invited to play in numerous festivals, including : Stresa, la Roque d'Anthéron, Wigmore Hall, Teatro San Carlo in Napoli, Berlin Philharmonie, Musikverein, Vienna, Hong-Kong Festival, Beijing Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, University of California at Los Angeles, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. His motivation to meet musicians from all continents led him to travel to more unusual destinations such as, Addis Ababa Conservatory, Ethiopia, Opéra of Manaus, Brazil, le Grand Théatre d'Hanoï, Vietnam, and Fondation Bolipata, Philippines.
Very early in his career, he was attracted to chamber music. With the great influence of Jean-Claude Pennetier, he became impassioned by the deep work of chamber music. In 1986, he founded the Trio Wanderer; ten years later he joined the Ysaye Quartet. His vast repertoire, over 400 works performed, featured all the chamber music works of Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Ravel, and all 68 Haydn quartets. His collaborators are: his wife Kyung-Hee Kim, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Michaela Martin, Pascal Rogé, Michel Portal, Nicolas Angelich, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Roland Pidoux, Antonio Lysy, Gauthier Capuçon, and Wolfgang Meyer.
In addition to performing chamber music, Guillaume Sutre has also been engaged as a soloist by the Orchestra of Montpellier, l'Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Berlin-Radio Orchestra, the Göttingen Symphonic Orchestra, l'Orchestre de Bretagne, l'Orchestre d'Auvergne, the Franz Liszt Orchestra of Budapest, and perfomed with conductors such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Louis Langrée, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Stefan Sanderling, David Robertson, and Sheldon Morgenstern.
His recordings for Sony Classical, Decca, Harmonia Mundi, Naïve, Aeon, and Ysaÿe Records received the highest distinctions in France and internationally. These recordings include: the complete quartets and quintets of Gabriel Fauré, with pianist Pascal Rogé; André Boucourechliev's string quartet, Haydn's Last Seven words of Christ, with Michel Serres's unpublished texts ; Bruch's double concerto with the Orchestre de Bretagne. The live recording of the complete duets of Haydn and Mozart was met with critical acclaim and are considered definitive.
In addition, he is a passionate defender of the music of his time, regularly performing premieres of such composers as Michele Reverdy, Isabelle Fraisse, Regis Campo, and Paul Chihara.
His life as a musician could not find its full bloom without transmitting his knowledge and sharing his concert experience with musicians of the younger generation. Since 1995, he has been a professor of violin, specializing in the practice of the string quartet, at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris. As a visiting professor at the Academies of Villecroze, Nice, Flaine, Aldeburgh, Eastern Music Festival, University of Southern California, and in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he has given master classes in both chamber music as well as solo violin.
In 1994, the SACEM awarded him the prestigious George Enesco prize. In 1999 he was named Chevalier of the Order of Arts and the Letters.
Guillaume SUTRE plays a 1738 Italian violin made by Gregorio Antoniazzi, as well as an 1815 François Lupot bow. He is currently Professor of Violin at UCLA.