Susanne Beer (1967-2019)

Susanne Beer (1967-2019), former co-principal cellist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and director of 'The Cello Corner' teaching studio, passed away in December 2019 at the age of 52, from melanoma cancer. Towards the end of her life, she decided to create The Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation, so that she could continue to support young musicians well into the future. 


If you have a cello or bow that might support a young cellist, please be in touch with The Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation at



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Susanne’s debut solo album ‘Cello Diverse’ (with pianist Gareth Hancock) contains music by Stravinsky, Brahms and Debussy and a beautiful arrangement of Ennio Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe. For every copy bought direct from the Divine Art Records web store (CD or digital) during 2020, Divine Art Records will make a donation to The Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation.


Susanne combined solo, chamber music and orchestral playing in her active career. Her chamber music included appearances at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Prinzregententheater and the Koenigsaal of the 'Residenz' in Munich, the Wigmore Hall in London as a member of the ‘Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’, of which she was co-principal cellist for almost 20 years as well as the Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo. 


She had been invited to be guest principal in several other orchestras and was invited by Sir George Solti to play with the World Orchestra for Peace, which is now directed by Valery Gergiev.


Susanne had coached at The Guildhall School for Music and Drama, she had 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', which has now become a Foundation dedicated to supporting young musicians


Susanne played film music and worked with film music writers like A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings) and Deborah Mollison (East is East) amongst others.


Her recording of ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ inspired Denmark Film Studios to shoot a music video.


Susanne was signed up with Divine Art and Garat Records.



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