Susanna Borsch

Recorder & Electronics

A recorder virtuoso familiar with both contemporary and early music, Susanna Borsch (Germany) is one of the few instrumentalists able to bridge both styles of music with complete ease. She plays in several ensembles: the renaissance recorder consort Mezzaluna, aiming to interpret polyphonic music composed between ca. 1480 and 1630, using historically documented performance practice; Hexnut, a band formed in 2004 comprising the unusual combination of flute, recorder, trumpet, voice and piano; and ELECTRA, a four-member modern music ensemble combining the latest music with visual and theatrical elements. Since 2009 Susanna also plays in Dapper’s Delight, a duo of recorder and anglo concertina, formed to explore popular dance music and songs of the period 1550-1750, particularly pieces that are found in both high and low cultural sources.

Solo repertoire

Her collaboration with composers on new solo repertoire resulted in her first solo CD “Off-limits” which received critical acclaim from all quarters when issued in 2006. In 2014 she presented her new solo program, Susie, tell me a Story! – a musical narrative for recorder and electronics. Susanna is also the creator of a website dedicated to assisting and informing composers about the technical possibilities of the recorder.

Background

Born in Hamburg, Germany, Susanna Borsch studied recorder with Walter van Hauwe at the Amsterdam Conservatory where she completed her teaching and solo (masters) diplomas. Her final concert examination in the year 2000 featured several new works composed especially for her and the combination of recorder with live electronics. Susanna has performed in many of the world’s great concert venues and festivals, including Laus Polyphoniae (Belgium), The Bach Festival (Leipzig, Germany), The XII Colloquium on Musical Informatics L’Aquila (Italy and Germany), The Early Music Festival, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, and November Music (the Netherlands), The Malvern Recorder Days (UK) and the Erta Congress (Germany).

Lectures & master classes

A dedicated teacher, Susanna regularly gives lectures and master classes in Germany, Austria and England. Since April 2014, Susanna Borsch is a teacher at the Trossingen University of Music in Germany. Susanna Borsch joined ELECTRA in 2004.
Visit her website at www.susannaborsch.com