The Hungarian-German Violinist, Susanne Schäffer, was born in Stuttgart, Germany, to a musical household. At the age of 15 she moved to London and completed her studies at the Purcell School of Music with Prof. Dr. Felix Andrievsky. She then continued her solo violin studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Prof. Dora Schwarzberg where she graduated with distinction. Currently, she is a student in the chamber music class of Prof. Johannes Meissl at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Furthermore, she regularly seeks inspiration at master classes from musicians such as Hatto Beyerle, the late Tibor Varga, Gerhard Schulz, Ferenc Rados, Alfred Brendel and Steven Isserlis.
As a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician she had several concert tours to most European countries, Japan, South Africa, Israel, USA and Venezuela. She appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Oradea and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Sibiu. Concerts venues include prominent sites like the Musikverein Wien, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Liszt Academy Budapest, Wigmore Hall London and the Musikhalle Hamburg. She perfomed at prestigious festivals such as the Pablo Casals Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, Orlando Festival, Hitzacker Music Days and the Tartini Festival.
Susanne appeared on television and broadcast at ORF, SWR, WDR, NDR, Ceska TelevizePraha and Bartók Rádió and made several CD recordings.
She is a prize winner at renowned national and international music competitions in Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Malta, Spain, the Czech Republic and Romania such as the International Johannes Brahms Competition, the International Competition Júlio Cardona and the Charles Hennen International Chamber Music Competition amongst others. She is a multiple 1st prize awardee of the German National Competition “Jugend musiziert” and hence was awarded the special prize of the Foundation for German music life.
Her fellowships include the Jürgen Ponto Foundation, the ZEIT-Foundation of the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”, the Foundation for Culture, Nature and Home Care of the Waiblingen Savings Bank, the Rotary Club Wien Nestroy and the SYLFF scholarship of the Tokyo Foundation.
Currently, she is playing on a violin made by Stefan-Peter Greiner, Bonn 2005, which is kindly lent by the German Music Instrument Foundation.