Susanne & Kathy
Syi-Jia Susanne Hou
International Violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou is the first ever violinist to capture three Gold Medals with unanimous Juries at three International Violin Competitions: Concours International Long-Thibaud (France, 1999), Lipizer International Violin Competition (Italy, 1999) and Sarasate International Violin Competition (Spain, 1997).
Hou has collaborated with world-renowned Directors and Artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, Alan Gilbert, Cho Liang Lin, Vladimir Spivakov, Marcello Viotti, Marek Janowski, Lan Shui, Boris Brott, Robert McDuffie, Ralph Kirschbaum, and Lawrence Dutton, among others.
Raised in the mountains of Vermont, Kathy has called the Okanagan “home” for more than three decades. In 2008, after many years winemaking with Mission Hill Family Estate, Kathy made the move to Hillside to share in the Naramata lifestyle.
Kathy has been deeply involved in the development of the BC wine industry over the 30 years of her career. As chair of the BC Wine Grape Council’s R&D Committee she appreciates the dynamic nature of our young wine region.