Suzanne Martens studied violin at the University of Pretoria under Prof. Alan Solomon, where she obtained BMus and BMus Hons degrees. She furthered her studies in Holland and Austria under Lavard Skou-Larsen (Mozarteum, Salzburg), where she was also a member of the Salzburger Musici Chamber Orchestra. She subsequently obtained an MMus degree in Chamber Music at the University of Stellenbosch. Suzanne was the winner of the ATKV Forté competition (Now Musiq) and the University of Natal 75th Anniversary prize. Until June 2000, she held the position of associate concertmaster in the now defunct New Arts Philharmonic Orchestra Pretoria and was also a founder member of the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa. In June 2001, she was appointed concertmaster of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra until she took up a lecturing post at the University of Stellenbosch in 2002. Suzanne has been a guest leader of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005. She is an active chamber musician and is currently a member of the Amici Quartet, the Quartet of Peace and the Lyric Trio. She was also a member of the Rosamunde and Schwietering quartets. Suzanne serves on the faculty of the annual Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival and was invited to Portugal in a similar capacity in 2008 and 2009. She has  premièred the violin concertos of two South African composers, Allan Stephenson (2009) and Thomas Rajna (2010). Suzanne is married to cellist Peter Martens and they have two daughters

Subscribe to our Newsletter
Get the latest content and news about upcoming concerts first.
We will respect your privacy.