Susanne Powell has an international reputation as pianist and accompanist. Ms. Powell's musical education commenced in Sydney, where she attended the Sydney Conservatorium High School and completed a Bachelor of Music degree, studying with Nancy Salas and David Miller. After further study in Vienna, at the Hochschule der Musik and Kunst with Professor Heinz Medjimorec, Susanne embarked on a career which has included performances, tours and broadcasts as soloist and with many Australian and international musicians.
Susanne has enjoyed a special musical relationship with violinist Cho Liang Lin, The Canberra Wind Soloists and with ëcellist David Pereira. A regular performer as a soloist and in chamber music festivals, Susanne is now becoming involved in CD recording. With clarinetist Allan Vivian she appears on the current release ''Fancy That!'' and in 2002 she undertook a recording of well- and lesser-known recital repertoire with violinist Barbara Jane Gilby. (To be released soon). As well as tutoring young musicians at the Pan Pacific Music and National Music Camps, Susanne appears with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly on ABC FM. Ms. Powell's experience in all areas of piano playing makes her ideally suited for the training of musicians as soloists, accompanists and chamber musicians. While giving her students a thorough grounding in piano technique and supporting their development in every way possible, she also encourages them to develop their own musical ideas and an individual style of playing. Susanne has been a member of the faculty of the ANU School of Music since 1991.