Professorial Staff - Baroque Cello
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Faculty of Music, King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JF
Phone One: +44 (0)20 8305 4444
In her 20s Susan began to play the baroque cello and was soon one of this country's busiest performers on period instruments, playing principal cello with the Academy of Ancient Music, the London Classical Players, and most recently the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, of which she is a founder member. She has given concerts in many parts of the world, including Poland during the rise of the Solidarity movement, where a member of the audience told her that he believed her to be the first baroque cellist to perform in his country since the 18th century!
Qualifications / Educational Background
Susan Sheppard studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Derek Simpson and afterwards with Andre Navarra. In 2004, after four years of translating Latin on planes and learning Greek verbs on the tube, she was awarded a first class honours degree in Classics from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Susan has recorded the complete chamber music of Handel with the ensemble L'Ecole d'Orphee and made the first period instrument recording of all nine Vivaldi cello sonatas, for CRD records. In 1999 she recorded the six solo suites of J.S.Bach on CD for Metronome and in 2000 was artist in residence at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, for the 250th anniversary of Bach's death.