Susanne - profile

Susanne Linder


When and where was your first concert with the MCO? My first concert with the MCO was in Ferrara.

What’s the best thing about playing with the MCO? It’s the enthusiasm of everybody to make the most of every concert.

Can you tell us something about your instrument? I lost my very nice viola once on a train to the airport. I was fortunate enough to get it back, and since then I have been even more in love with it.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The most difficult aspect is being on tour, and not at home with my husband and kids.

If you could play another instrument what would it be? I would love to play the cor anglais.


Susanne Linder (née Lerche) was born in Munich in 1971 and currently lives with her family in Berlin. She has been a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra since 2001.

Susanne studied with Johannes Lüthy in Freiburg im Breisgau. She continued her studies in Saarbrücken with Diemut Poppen, where she finished with distinction, and has taken part in masterclasses with Hatto Beyerle and has worked with Barbara Westphal, Thomas Riebl, Walter Levin and Thomas Kakuschka.

Along with her string quartet, she has won many awards, including first prize in the national competition Jugend musiziert, first prize in the Europe-wide Charles Hennen Concours and second prize in the Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Preis der deutschen Musikhochschulen. She received a fellowship from the Villa Musica to pursue her studies in chamber music, and as part of this fellowship played with artists such as M. Ostertag, W. Brandis, U. Rodenhäuser and P. Demenga.

Since 2006, Susanne has been a member of the Adamello Quartet, which was formed with members of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester (DSO) Berlin, with whom she also performs.

As part of her interest in the physical consciousness of playing, Susanne is trained as a Feldenkrais practitioner and is teaching several groups in Berlin.