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Susanne Beer - 'The Cello Corner'
After a 20 year career as the co-principal cellist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Susanne Beer decided to fully dedicate herself to teaching the growing number of her students.
She had been the cello section mentor for the 'Future First' student scheme at the London Philharmonic Orchestra for many years and taught periodically at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, having been invited to give workshops and teach classes. She was also invited to give masterclasses in Spain, the USA, the UK and Japan.
That was when she realised she needed more time in order to give her students the support she felt was necessary.
When her first students, whom she had been teaching from the very start, started to turn into very fine musicians who were able not only to give performances with great musical maturity enabled by an excellent technique but who also started to win competitions and auditions due to the ease which an early training with the Suzuki method provides, she realised that she wanted to be the one who would nurture the very young, letting them grow correctly from the very start and thus avoiding slow and tedious remedial work later on.
"There is nothing more rewarding than watching a young person develop in the right way from the very start and turn into a musician with the technique, the sound and the musical understanding which, once internalised by learning from the teacher, then develops into the student's very own."
Susanne continues to teach music college students or students who are preparing for their diploma next to her young students.
The advanced students are a fantastic motivation for the young ones.
On request, Susanne also prepares students for auditions for orchestras such as the National Children Orchestra and advanced students for youth orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra and other youth orchestras like the Mahler Orchestra as well as competitions and music festivals.
"My students inspire me and as much as they take from me they also give it back to me. That's why I love my work as a teacher. I have learned so much over the last 30 years, performing all over the world and playing with world-class musicians, and it is very fulfilling to be able to pass all my experience on to my own students."