Susan Collier ARAM, LRAM, ARCM, GRSM, PGCE
Violinist; teacher; conductor; adjudicator
Susan has a lifelong passion for communication through music. Since the age of three, inspired by her first public performance as a violinist at the Royal College of Music, she has dedicated herself to expertise in performance and direction. Whether as a soloist, conductor, teacher, director, orchestral player or chamber musician, she offers a wealth of artistic interpretation, technical prowess, and a unique approach to the emotional and communicative aspects of learning and performing music. She is well-known for the unparalleled energy she brings to all she does and everybody she meets.
A huge amount of Susan’s life is dedicated to performing, directing and exploring music across a wide variety of genres. She freelances with orchestras around Europe and Asia and performs regularly at the BBC Proms in London. She inherited a wealth of knowledge from her violinist parents and is delighted that all three of her children have such a deep love of music.
Susan was a violin scholar at the Royal Academy of Music and went on to become the youngest violin professor at Junior Academy. She continues to teach there and conducts the Senior Strings Chamber Orchestra, one of the institution’s flagship ensembles. Susan is also frequently invited to educational institutions around the world to direct String Orchestra courses. She teaches students at various universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, and King’s College London.
She founded a highly acclaimed Chamber Orchestra and Barbershop group during her time as Director of Performance at Mill Hill County High School, and has since pursued her commitment to transforming school music-making at Westminster School and Haileybury College. She is an accredited adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals and regularly adjudicates festivals around the country.
Her premise is simple: to enable each and every student she meets to make a true connection with music; to show that they often have the power to find the answers to their own questions, and to inspire and guide this process with openness, honesty, wisdom and expertise.
Susan been awarded an ARAM for outstanding services to the violin profession.