The 2016/17 season sees her debut with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and return to the City of Birmingham, Iceland, NHK symphony orchestras, Hamburger Symphoniker and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and she also tours with Bamberger Symphoniker (Herbert Blomstedt).
Universally acclaimed for her performances of key works for the violin from composers such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Mendelssohn, Suwanai is also noted for the breadth of her repertoire, ranging from Bach to the contemporary works. Suwanai gave the world premiere of Peter Eötvös' Violin Concerto Seven, written for her, at the Lucerne Festival under Pierre Boulez in 2007 and since then has performed this signature work on numerous occasions across the globe, including at the BBC Proms and most recently with Gürzenich-Orchester Köln. She also gave the Japan premiere of James MacMillan’s Violin Concerto with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in 2012. Her extensive discography with Universal Music has garnered much critical acclaim and her most recent release is a recital disc of works by Frank, Richard Strauss and Takemitsu with pianist Enrico Pace.
Akiko Suwanai performs on the Stradivarius ‘Dolphin’ violin from 1714, one of the most famous violins known today and previously owned by Jascha Heifetz, which has been kindly loaned to her by the Nippon Music Foundation.