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Susan Holmes PIANIST
Susan has recently completed a Master’s degree in Music, graduating with a specialisation in Piano Accompaniment, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with prize-winning accompanist Scott Mitchell. She was the recipient of the Piano Accompaniment Prize.
Highlights during her Masters studies included accompanying Royal Scottish National Orchestra Principal Clarinettist John Cushing in concert, and performing in masterclasses with Paris Conservatoire Song Accompaniment Professor Anne le Bozec, lieder baritone Florian Boesch and accompanist Malcolm Martineau. Most recently, Susan was the Assistant Music Director for the critically acclaimed Opera Up Close production of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.
Susan has been a repetiteur for the Birmingham Summer Festival Opera productions of Vaughan Williams’ The Poisoned Kiss and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She was also accompanist for the University of Birmingham Music Society’s Chamber and University Choirs.
A particular highlight of her career so far was leading the band for a production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years which was taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010. This year Susan has performed in such prestigious venues as the Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall.
Susan is currently an accompanist and piano teacher for Berkshire Maestros, and choir accompanist for Newbury Chamber Choir, the Harry Ensemble, and the University of Reading Chamber Choir and Chorus.