Susanne Scholz


Susanne Scholz (*1969) - musician,
violinist on Renaissance, Baroque and Classical instruments and conductor of ensembles from the Renaissance consort to an opera ensemble, performs concerts and gives master classes and lectures throughout Europe and beyond. 
In addition to her studies in Graz, Vienna and The Hague she gained musical experience in many European countries.
Since 1995 Susanne has been active as a teacher, first in Vienna (Private University), then 
from 1999 to 2017 in Leipzig (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz) and since 2012 in Graz (Kunstuniversität), where she holds a chair for baroque violin and chamber music/baroque orchestra. Working together regularly with colleagues from all over Europe, she strives to demonstrate and pass on her interest and passion for new questions in music practice.
She also explores new repertoire and how to convey this cultural richness to the audience.

Susanne Scholz directed major opera productions in Leipzig, many of them as first modern-day performances, with operas by Sebastiani, Heinichen, Telemann, Bononcini, Förster, Blow and Hasse. She has also led major works by Vivaldi, Purcell, Campra, Stradella, Fux, Draghi and Lully. In all these productions, Susanne Scholz directs the musical side of the productions from the concertmaster’s desk. In Graz, Susanne Scholz is currently conducting the third opera production of a series (called “Opernkurzgenuss”) in cooperation between the University of Arts and the Opera Graz. In 2019, the oratorio “San Giovanni Battista” by Antonio Maria Bononcini and "La Serve Padrona" by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi will be given under her musical direction.
From 2018 Susanne is working on her doctoral theses and is extending her experience also towards contemporary music.
Together with the newly founded ensemble gamma.ut, she is exploring the repertoire of the violin family from the Renaissance onwards in smaller formations and doing research on the five Renaissance violins that were given to the golden angels at a height of 12 metres in the Freiberg Cathedral around 1594.
Numerous recordings bear witness to her artistic activity, the realization of her artistic research has led to CD productions with her ensemble chordae freybergenses and to a very special recording of the Sonatas Opus V by Arcangelo Corelli with her harpsichord partner Michael Hell (released by Querstand in 2015 and 2018).

During the last twenty years, Susanne Scholz has passed on her research lecturing on many different matters within the field of Performance Practice in Germany, Italy, the USA; Belgium, Taiwan, Italy, France, Finland, Latvia and Switzerland, has organized conferences at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig and is taking actively part in the conferences organized by the University of Art Graz.