Susanne began playing the violin and piano at the age of seven and went on to study the violin with Howard Davis and piano with Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she gained her honours degree. Although a keen and active performer, Susanne has always had a passion and fascination for teaching and after further study at Goldsmith’s College, London University, she gained a PGCE in secondary school music and mathematics teaching. Her career flourished over the next twenty-five years and has included posts as Head of Strings, Head of Academic Music, Assistant Director of Music and Assistant House Mistress within independent and state schools as well as the County music service here in Berkshire.
Currently, Susanne is Head of Strings at the prestigious Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire where she combines her individual string and classroom teaching expertise with orchestral management, performing and pastoral roles. She also conducts and directs the string orchestra, symphony orchestra and coaches various chamber groups.
Susanne has maintained a love of performing as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player and was delighted to be offered the post as leader of WMSO having been co-leader of the orchestra since moving to Berkshire some years ago. Coaching young musicians has also been an important part of Susanne’s career and she has worked with many youth orchestras including ENCORE and the National Prep Schools Orchestra.
When not playing the violin Susanne can be found following her husband down a ski slope or helping to sail their Classic sailing boat somewhere along the South coast!