Friends have informed us of the death of Susanne Beer, co-principal cellist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra for 18 years and a partocular favourite of Sir Georg Solti, who saved her the best solo in Don Giovanni.
Suffering from melanoma, Susanne attended her last LPO concert in a wheelchair three weeks ago.
Originally from Passau, Bavaria, she came to London to study with William Pleeth and worked closely with the composer Berthold Goldschmidt, playing the world premiere of his ‘Duo with Cordelia’ for clarinet and cello. Susanne served as the continuo cellist at Glyndebourne for 15 years. She played trio concerts internationally with flautist Gisela Mashayekhi and pianist Mika Mori and was principal cellist in the contemporary ensemble ‘Ensemble Wien 2001’. She also recorded chamber music for the BBC, EMI, Opera Rara, Chandos, the London Philharmonic label and Radio Milano.
She loved life.
A fund to help young musicians has been set up in Susanne’s memory. You can donate here.