Susan Collins (…) plays these extraordinary scores with a remarkable sureness of touch, following even the most unexpected shifts in phrasing and expressive direction with micro-fine precision. Her warm, rich sound works wonders in bringing this music alive, enhanced by a generous, medium-paced vibrato and sensitivity to dynamic shading that comes as no surprise when one learns that her mentors have included the great Thomas Zehetmair.
The Strad, May 2009
At age 14, Susan performed Sarasate’s Zigeunerweissen with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Patrick Thomas at the Sydney Opera House. Since that time, she has performed as soloist and recitalist throughout Australia, the USA and Europe. Susan has recorded many times for ABC FM, and 2MBS FM radio stations in live performance broadcasts as well as studio recorded recitals, and has appeared numerous times in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Sunday Live series, performing as recitalist as well as in duo and trio combinations with Duncan Gifford and Sue-Ellen Paulsen as a founding member of Kingfisher Trio.
From 1992 until 2001, Susan held the position of Deputy Concertmaster of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. While holding this position Susan acted regularly as Concertmaster for the AOBO, and also accepted engagements as Guest Concertmaster with many orchestras around Australia, performing under the baton of Bonynge, Macerras, de Waart, Cillario, Hickox, Fiore and many others.
In 2003 Susan was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal, and in 2009 was awarded an Australian College of Educators “Teacher Recognition Award” following successful nomination by her students at the University of Newcastle where she held a lecturer position from 2007 until 2011.
Commercial CD releases include the complete violin works of Raymond Hanson (Tall Poppies) with pianist, David Miller, and the complete Schumann Piano Trios (ABC Classics) with Kingfisher Trio.
Susan is currently Head of Strings at UTAS Conservatorium of Music, and lives in Hobart.