Susan Williams

I had the fortunate opportunity to play with the most exciting historical music groups at the height of the early music revival in the 90’s.

Working with many inspiring conductors, singers and players who are attentive to text and meaning as well as sound, nuance, tension and drama - opened my ears - and made me realise that the trumpet is also capable of this level of sophisicated expression. That’s what I aim for. As a player, a teacher and director.

After studies and professional experience as a modern trumpeter in her homeland Australia and later in Europe, Susan began specialising in the natural trumpet in 1987. Since this time she has developed a style based on the 17th century 'clarino' techniques which demand a wide range of expression and nuance via articulation and the exploration of sound colour. This more vocal approach to the natural trumpet has led her to be one of Europe's most unique and popular baroque trumpeters.

Susan has performed and recorded with some of Europe's finest baroque ensembles [including Collegium Vocale Gent, Les Arts Florissants, Musica Antiqua Köln, Cantus Cölln, La Stravaganza Köln, Musiciens du Louvre, Anima Eterna, Al Ayre Espagnol, Les Agrements and many others] and with prominent chamber orchestras such as Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and the Deutsche Kammer Philharmonie].

She is also performing regularly as a soloist and with her ensemble CLARINI.

Since 1989, Susan has been teaching baroque trumpet at the Royal Conservatorium of the Hague, and also teaches at the University of the Arts in Bremen. In addition to her musical career, Susan has studied applied kinesiology and psychology and has developed a holistic approach to teaching and performance which focusses on the integration between mind and body.