Susanna Klein is assistant professor of violin and coordinator of strings at her alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University. She has 15 years of professional orchestral performing experience and currently enjoys focusing on chamber music performance with her trailblazer group ACE.
Ms. Klein served as principal second violin of the Richmond Symphony for five years. Previous orchestral appointments have been with the Colorado, Memphis, Vermont and Rhode Island Symphony Orchestras. She has been a member of two string quartets: Artist-in-Residence with the Oberon String Quartet at St. Catherines School in Richmond, Va. and violist with the Seneca String Quartet in Boston, MA.
Ms. Klein can be heard regularly on radio and TV spots including the PBS Series The Retirement Revolution. Recently, she has been a soloist with Up Close and Musical in Denver, the Richmond Ballet, and Charlottesville Youth Symphony. Ms. Klein can be heard on the CDs of One Ring Zero, Modern Groove Syndicate and the Klavier label Chamber Music Series.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from VCU and Master of Music degree from Boston University, where she was a student of Roman Totenberg. Her love of chamber music and orchestral literature has taken her to festivals all over the world: Tanglewood, MA, Spoleto Festival Italy, Shira Festival Israel, Kneisel Hall, ME and Scotia Festival Canada. In the Summer she can be found at Wintergreen Music Festival or the Lake George Music Festival.
Professor Klein is an active researcher, writer, and pedagogue. She has recently launched the YouTube Channel Practice Blitz, dedicated to efficient practice routines for string players.