Susanne Beer has been co-principal cellist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995. She is regularly invited to be guest principal with several orchestras in Europe and North America, and has the distinction of being selected for the World Orchestra of Peace, founded by Sir Georg Solti and now conducted by Valery Gergiev, consisting of the very best orchestral players from all over the world. She gives chamber music concerts with members of this orchestra and also with the Soloists of the the London Philharmonic Orchestra in their regular series at London’s Wigmore Hall. For two years she was principal cellist in the contemporary music group ‘Ensemble Wien 2001′, which gave her the opportunity of working as soloist with composers such as Hans Zender and Nader Mashayekhi.
Previously she was cellist in the Goldschmidt ensemble, during which time (1993-96) she worked closely with the composer Berthold Goldschmidt. As soloist, she has performed at the ‘Festival Modern’ in the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Mirabellschloss and the Schloss Residenz in Salzburg, and at the Prinzregententheater and Koenigsaal (Bayerische Staatsoper) in Munich.
Susanne’s debut recording was of Britten’s Solo Suite No.1 for Hessischer Rundfunk in Frankfurt, and she has recorded solo and chamber music for Bayerischer Rundfunk, Oesterreichischer Rundfunk, Radio Milano, the BBC and Divine Art, as well as making numerous orchestral recordings throughout Europe and in Russia, China and the USA.
In her busy schedule she still finds time to indulge her passion for music still further by coaching at several colleges and academies in England, Germany and Spain. Her own studies began in Salzburg with Heidi Litschauer and continued with Walter Nothas in Munich and Ksenija Jankovic in Wuerzburg, where she was awarded the soloist diploma. Subsequently she studied in London with William Pleeth and took part in masterclasses with many of the world’s leading cellists: Paul Tortelier, Boris Pergamenschikov, Steven Isserlis, Karine Georgian, Alto Noras, Natalia Gutman and Heinrich Schiff.
Her interest in continuo playing, developed from an early age in Germany, has continued particularly at Glyndebourne, where she has played continuo over the past 12 years.