Suzanne Wijsman



Suzanne Wijsman


Perth, Western Australia




University of Western Australia


Cellist Suzanne Wijsman received her formal musical education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (USA), International Cello Centre (UK) and the Eastman School of Music (USA). Her cello teachers included Paul Katz, Jane Cowan, Steven Doane and Richard Kapuscinski. She also received a BA with Highest Honors in Religion from Oberlin College, and an MA in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, where she was the recipient of Rackham and Cameron Fellowships. The recipient of a Fulbright Award for study in the UK, Suzanne has performed extensively in the USA, Australia and Europe, in chamber music or as recitalist. In the USA she was a member of the Augustine String Quartet from 1985-1989, which won prizes in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Cleveland Quartet Competition, was a semi-finalist at the 1989 Banff International String Quartet Competition. She twice received fellowships to the Aspen Centre for Advanced Quartet Studies, as well as the Yale summer school at Norfolk. Her chamber music studies were with members of the Cleveland, Tokyo and Juilliard Quartets. From 1990-96, Suzanne played with the acclaimed Stirling String Quartet, which toured in Australia for Musica Viva, internationally to Italy and South Korea, and presented frequent concerts and ABC radio broadcasts. She also served as a lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and was invited as a visiting faculty member at the Eastman School of Music in 1992. Cello students of Suzanne Wijsman have pursued post-graduate studies in Australia, Europe and North America at some of the world's most prestigious music schools and have gained employment as performers in Australia and overseas with internationally renowned music ensembles, such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Bournemouth Symphony, London Philharmonia and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Many graduates from her class have also gone on to successful teaching careers. She has also supervised numerous postgraduate and honours students to successful completion. Suzanne is a researcher with a diverse profile in the fields of music performance health, musicology, performance-as-research and medieval manuscript studies.


Research profile

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music performance health, music performance, music education


Performing Arts Medicine Association, Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare

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