Who's who in the orchestra

Susanne Martens


Susanne Martens

Joined the LPO in 2005

Chair supported by Gill & Garf Collins


Susanne was born in Germany and started to play the violin at an early age, taught by her father, and played chamber music with her six brothers and sisters. She later went on to play the viola and studied with Guenther Kehr. She became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany and won several prizes for chamber music. After studying with Rainer Moog in Cologne and Hatto Beyerle in Hannover, Susanne studied at the Mozart Academy in Krakow. Following this, she gained a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Society.

In 1997 Susanne took a position with the Bochumer Symphoniker and joined the Aurora Quartet, before moving to the UK in 2001 to become Sub-Principal Viola with Royal Northern Sinfonia. Susanne joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2005 and also continues to take an active part in chamber music.