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 Spain,
New York and Japan.
She has mentored the winners of the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Future First student scheme, coached the LPO Youth Orchestra and the Southbank
In 2012 Susanne founded 'The Cello Corner'
, a cello Suzuki school, located in Islington (London) with its main residence being
Christ Church, Highbury.
She is an accredited Suzuki teacher, qualified by the British Suzuki Institute and has been a member of the London Suzuki Group for the last five
At her studio 'The Cello Corner' Susanne prepares her students to become members of the National Children
Orchestra (NCO), an orchestra which has a very high standard and plays in the major cities of the UK.
This preparation does not only focus on the playing the cello part but Susanne also makes sure that the children are ready and confident to attend the
residential NCO courses when they are staying over night away from home, usually for the first time in their life. She is achieving that by slowly introducing the children to become more independent
by inviting them to her house for mini residential courses with cello ensemble playing and other activities, like cooking lessons, cinema or tennis, etc.
Despite Susanne's focus on teaching very young children from the age of three, using the Suzuki method, she also offers lessons on orchestra studies to college students, who are seeking to
become cellists in professional orchestras. She offers intensive preparation for orchestra auditions.
Having worked with many orchestras as principal and having sat on numerous audition panels over the years, she has plenty of experience and knows what is required, the crucial points of doing an
audition for an orchestra, how to handle the trial period / probation year and most importantly: how to prepare efficiently in order to deliver the highest standard of performance in those few
minutes of auditioning.
With Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall in London
With Gennady Rozhdestvensky playing Metamorphonen by R. Strauss
"I have seen many candidates failing orchestra auditions because they didn't have any experience how to handle it. Playing an orchestra audition has nothing to do with playing a concert or even
an audition for a scholarship or competition. You have literally 10 seconds to give your first impression and to show what kind of player you are. If nerves come in the middle of it you have lost the
game. Auditioning needs to be practised. In my opinion most teachers concentrate too much on concertos and solo repertoire, neglecting the orchestra excerpts. However, the excerpts in an orchestra
audition are more important even than the concertos. It is extremely challenging to play an excerpt out of context with no other players joining you. I have made it my destiny to help students who
are looking for a position in an orchestra and give them the preparation they need."