Performing, teaching, coaching and researching are all important for me and they all inform each other.
Susan Williams was born in Canberra, Australia in 1960 and began her musical life singing
in choirs and vocal ensembles. She started playing the trumpet as a teenager. After obtaining
her bachelor degree at the Canberra School of Music in 1982, Susan went to Sydney where
she was a member of the National Training orchestra for several years before travelling to
Europe to continue her studies. She obtained her Uitvoerend Musicus degree at The Royal
Conservatoire of The Hague in 1998 and her love of baroque music led her to go on to
specialise in early music.
Susan is now one of the world’s most well known specialists on the baroque trumpet and over
the last 30 years has performed and recorded with many of Europe’s finest early music
ensembles as soloist, chamber musician and in orchestral projects. She has also initiated and
realised many of her own artistic projects involving natural trumpets. She has taught since
1988 at The Royal Conservatorium of The Hague and since 2004 at the University of the Arts
In addition to teaching natural trumpet and leading ensemble projects and workshops Susan
has been giving regular courses in practicing and performance preparation for over ten years.
Susan is actively involved in curriculum development in the area of training practicing both in
The Hague and in Bremen. She teaches in staff development programs in The Netherlands,
Belgium and Austria and for the Netzwerk Musikhochschulen of Germany. Her research has
revolved around the topics of attentional focus and musical imagery.