Piano – Susanna Stranders

Susanna Stranders

Photo: Anthony Upton

Susanna began her musical training with Harpenden Musicale. After graduating from Exeter University with first-class honours in music she studied at the GSMD and University of Cincinnati, winning many accompanist prizes. She was répétiteur for Cincinnati Opera, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Programme, and a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Texas. From 2004-2006, Susanna was a répétiteur on the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

She has since worked regularly for the ROH, for the Glyndebourne Festival and Tour, Opera Grange Park, the Blackheath Halls, the Philharmonia orchestra, Complicite and the Festspiele and Landestheater, Salzburg. Susanna has accompanied leading singers and instrumentalists in recital performances including Bryn Terfel, Sir John Tomlinson, Christine Rice, Kate Royal, Mark Padmore, Kurt Streit, Jeremy White, Andrew Kennedy, Adrian Thompson, Ailish Tynan, Andrei Bondarenko, oboist Melanie Ragge and cellists Guy Johnston and Paul Watkins. Susanna also plays for Ellipsis – a trio for flute, oboe and piano – and enjoys engagements with them throughout the country. She has broadcast live for the BBC on both television and radio.

Currently a Senior Opera Coach at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, the Welsh International Academy of Voice, The National Opera Studio, and for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Susanna is also official pianist for the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of GB, Music Director for the Opera Scenes at the Oxenfoord International Summer School and Music Director for Opera a la Carte. She will be Head of Music for Garsington Opera from 2013.