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professor | author | violinist

I'm a violinist, professor, arts entrepreneur, practice researcher, and author. I'm passionate about joyful practicing and musician health. My research has led to presentations at the National Conference of the American String Teachers Association and at University Music Departments around the country. You can listen to Podcast Interviews on the Press Page.  If you'd like to read some of my articles on practicing in The Instrumentalist, ASTA Journal,, Classical Singer Magazine and Strings Magazine, visit articles.


Below is my "official bio", so you can see what I've been up to as an artist.

Susanna Klein is Associate Professr of Violin and Coordinator of strings at her alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University. Originally from Stuttgart, Germany, she has enjoyed a varied career as a violinist, educator and innovator on the East Coast. She has performed in orchestra and chamber music settings in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and Israel as well as throughout the United States. Currently she serves as violinist with both Trio 826, based in Iowa, and the trailblazer group Atlantic Chamber Ensemble (ACE) in Richmond.  ACE has garnered national attention through its novel connections to audiences, recently detailed in Chamber Music Magazine. 

As an orchestral musician, Ms. Klein served as principal second violin of the Richmond Symphony for five years. Other orchestral appointments have been with the Colorado Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Vermont Symphony (as acting concertmaster) and Rhode Island Philharmonic.  Klein has played under the baton of notable conductors such as Marin Alsop, Sejii Ozawa, Yoel Levi, and Lorin Maazel. She participated in the music festivals at Tanglewood, Spoleto Italy,  Shira, Kneisel Hall, and Nova Scotia Festival. She performs regularly at Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival, Cedar Valley Chamber  Music Festival, and Loon Lake Live. She plays in the Richmond Symphony whenever her schedule allows.

Recording credits include One Ring Zero, Modern Groove Syndicate, Trio 826, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble.  Ms Klein has written articles on practicing for ASTA Magazine, the Instrumentalist Magazine and  

Ms. Klein holds a BM degree from VCU and Master of Music degree from Boston University, where she was an assistant to the legendary violinist Roman Totenberg. Ms. Klein lives in Richmond with her two boys and her husband, jazz musician John Winn.

She  still likes to practice (most days).


Once a month I send you the latest tips to help make your practice more insightful. Plus, sign up and I'll send you the intro + 3 sample prompts from the Practizma Practice Journal as a gift.

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