Susanne Beer was born in Passau / Bavaria into a family of musicians.
She started her studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg / Austria with Winfried Tachezi, where she continued later with Heidi Litschauer. Susanne moved on to study at the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich where she did her Finals with Walter Nothas and finished with a Master’s Degree at the Hochschule fur Musik in Wurzburg with Xenia Jankovic.
Susanne went on to London in 1993 to study further with William Pleeth. With her first performance under the baton of Sir George Solti, playing the obligat cello solo in Mozart's Don Giovanni, which was later released as a live CD, she was offered the co-principal cello position at the London Philharmonic Orchestra which she held for almost 20 years.
Before and during her years with the London Philharmonic Orchesta she was guest leading the cello sections of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra in Manchester, the Northern Sinfonia, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Antwerp Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others and she was invited by Sir George Solti to guest lead the cello section of the ‘World Orchestra for Peace’ which later was taken over by Valery Gergiev.
Susanne speciaslised in Continuo playing, having worked with Sir Charles Mackerras, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Andrew Davis, Louis Langree and Robin Ticciati amongst others.
Susanne played as a recitalist and chamber musician in the Wigmore Hall as a member of the ‘Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’ and performed chamber music with members of the ‘World Orchestra for Peace’ sponsored by Credit Suisse.
She played piano trio concerts with Gisela Mashayekhi and Mika Mori in venues such as the Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo and duo concerts in the Konzerthaus in Vienna as well as solo recitals in the Koenigssall of the 'Residenz' in Munich to name a few.
For two years Susanne was principal cellist in the contemporary ensemble ‘Ensemble Wien 2001’, which gave her the opportunity of working as a 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.
Susanne’s debut recording was of Britten’s Solo Suite No.1 for Hessischer Rundfunk in Frankfurt, and she has recorded chamber music for the BBC, EMI and Chandos.
Divine Art released her solo first album ‘Cello Diverse’, Garat Records her second solo album ‘Cinemacello’.
Susanne has coached at The Guildhall School for Music and Drama, she has deputised and taught at the Royal Academy of Music and given master classes in Valladolid, New York and Tokyo.
In 2012 Susanne founded 'The Cello Corner'.