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German clarinetist Susanne Ortner-Roberts is internationally acclaimed both as a soloist and as a member of the German Klezmer Quartet “Sing Your Soul“. The German Newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine states that she is “a musician par excellence, capable of moving you deeply“.
Susanne is a graduate of the Leopold Mozart Conservatory, and The University of Augsburg. She previously taught German literature, language and music. Following an invitation by the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, she has been accompanying Pittsburgh area Holocaust Survivors at schools and Universities creating the musical framework for their stories.
Susanne is a serious researcher of Eastern European music, and offers Klezmer Workshops. Besides master classes and lectures at the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University, she instructed the klezmer band at the Agency for Jewish Learning, and assists the Carpathian Ensemble at The University of Pittsburgh. Susanne has arranged and composed music for many theatrical productions including “Mazel” by Amy Hartman, as well as several book and film projects. She is the subject of the recent book “Living the Dream” – Für die Musik nach Amerika” written by German Television journalist Helge Fuhst.