Susanna Perry Gilmore enjoys a multifaceted career as solo artist, chamber musician, and orchestral concertmaster. Performing on both modern and period instruments and versatile in diverse styles from classical to fiddling, she is hailed as a player who is both “thrilling and sensitive” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, “luminous and hypnotic” by the Omaha World-Herald, and “authentic with exquisite good taste” and "rich in tone, bringing musical depth and a human touch" by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
In the 2017-18 season, in addition to her role as concertmaster, Ms. Gilmore will lead and conduct the Omaha Symphony strings in a performance of Concerto Polonois by Telemann in the Fall, be featured on Irish fiddle and co-creator of Celtic Journey: The Return, on the Omaha Symphony Pops Series in March, and will be the soloist on the Master Works Series in May performing the Violin Concerto by Alban Berg.
After beginning her career as a chamber player, at the age of twenty-six Ms. Gilmore became concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. She joined the Omaha Symphony as concertmaster in 2011. Since 2014 she has been a frequent guest violinist/fiddler with the acclaimed period music ensemble Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), with whom she appears on the CD Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering (Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) and the CD Sephardic Journey: Wanderings of the Spanish Jews (Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller), which features the early 17th-century composer Salamone Rossi. In the spring of 2017 she toured the Sugarloaf Mountain program around the U.S., culminating in a performance at the National Gallery in D.C. In the summer of 2017 she joined Apollo's Fire as a soloist in Vivaldi's Four Seasons, performing at the Tanglewood and Ravinia Music Festivals on baroque violin.
Ms. Gilmore holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University (UK), where she studied musicology and performed both early music and symphonic repertoire while studying privately with Yfrah Neaman. She spent a post-graduate year in the Advanced Solo Studies Program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Upon returning to the United States, she earned a Master’s in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Buswell. Prior to her studies in England, Ms. Gilmore studied with Christian Teal at the Blair School of Music in the pre-college program and as a child began her violin studies with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. On baroque violin Ms. Gilmore has studied with Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, and Marilyn McDonald at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. Ms. Gilmore learned to play Celtic fiddle in her youth through sitting in on Irish sessions during her years living in Nashville and England.
When not working as a classical and baroque violinist and fiddler, Ms. Gilmore spends time with her two daughters, Katy and Zoe. She performs on a 1776 Joseph Odoardi violin.