Susanne Zapf sees herself above all as a flexible artist: “I take every musical genre seriously and practise from the very old to the very new, and I love to perform. In my view, there is no contradiction between embracing the historical performance practice of Baroque and Classical periods, exploring free improvisation, participating in multi media projects and performing contemporary music.”
In her recent ‘violin-playing-body’ project (supported by the Uncool scholarship of the city of Poschiavo in 2017, and by a working scholarship from the Berlin Senate in 2018), she explored the physical relationship to her instrument, questioning how the body and the movements of the performer are connected to the music, and whether they can be considered separately from the music itself.
Her new solo programme „new senses“ deals with expectations, perceptions, (breaking with) habits, and with the sensations that arise from new impressions and feelings. It was created through commissions by Alwynne Pritchard and Ruth Wiesenfeld, with whom she has worked intensively.
Susanne founded the Sonar Quartett in 2006 and continued to influence its artistic development until her departure in 2023.
Next to her various chamber music projects she is also a member of Kammerakademie Potsdam and plays regularly with the Sheridan Ensemble.
She has been teaching at the Berlin University of the Arts since 2021.