Vita Susanne Kessel english

Susanne Kessel, a resident of Bonn (Germany) is well known for unusual concert and CD programmes with a high personal engagement.


„Young, serious, poetic . . . the avid avant-garde specialist Susanne Kessel, prize winner of the International Schubert competition, fascinates us with undaunted excursions into the unknown territory of piano music. When Susanne Kessel departs on a journey, she gives everything in order to enthuse her audience for these works.“ (Die Zeit).


A number of great musical personalities such as Peter Feuchtwanger, Aloys Kontarsky, Bozena Steinerova and others promoted her piano playing at an early stage. She studied at the conservatory of Cologne with Pi-hsien Chen. The many differing, but at the same time complementary musical aesthetic conceptions of her teacher resulted in Susanne Kessel never committing herself to one style so that her playing can be considered as highly experimental and innovative.


In 1993 she was a winner of the International Schubert competition. Many prizes, stipendia and honours followed quickly.


She has given many first performances of works which have been dedicated to her or which she has herself proposed.


She has given concerts on radio and television, given numerous concert-hall piano performances and has made concert tours in Europe and the USA. Numerous solo CDs document her playing (BMG, arte nova, OBST, Edition Dohr, Oehms Classics and others).


She played the classical music sound track for the film „Blueprint“ (Director: Rolf Schübel, 2004) and doubled for actress Franka Potente in front of the camera in the role of a world famous pianist who lets herself be cloned. A CD of the film music has been produced.


For the production of the film “Black Book” (2007) by famous Hollywood-director Paul Verhoeven she worked as a piano-supervisor for the actor Waldemar Kobus.


In the year 2000 she staged the Bonn concert series „Jahr-100-Klavier-Stücke“ (100 piano pieces for the century) together with Michael Denhoff: 50 concerts in which more than 40 pianists demonstrated the piano music of the twentieth century.


Susanne Kessel is writing Radio-Features about her Concert-Tours for WDR in Cologne. As well, she is working with several Composers in USA and Iceland.
 She is teaching a private Piano Class in Bonn and is a jury member of several Competitions.