Margit Anna Süss
The earliest musical influence in Munich born Margit-Anna Süss life was Bavarian folk music and dance, performed by her immediate family, using the traditional instruments: hackbrett, zither, guitar, double bass and harp. Beginning at the Toni Goth School of Bavarian Music she studied folk and concert harp with Ragnhild Kopp, before going on to Munich’s Richard Strauss Conservatory for further classical training. She graduated from the Munich Musikhochschule where, on a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, she studied with Prof. Ursula Lentrodt. Two further important years were spent in Paris studying the french repertoire with the ninety year old Pierre Jamet, whom Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel had personally introduced to their music.
At the age of 20 Margit-Anna Süss became both Solo-Harpist of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg and was simultaneously selected to be a National Soloist by the Deutsche Musikrat, this last leading to many numerous solo engagements. She also went on to play for five years with the Bamberg Symphony under Horst Stein and with the Berlin Philharmonic, where she worked with every major conductor, including Herbert von Karajan.
Since then her international activities as chamber musician and soloist have taken her throughout Europe and Japan. She has appeared as solist with the Berlin Philharmonic, l’Orchestre National de Lyon, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Franz LIszt Chamber Orchestra, and the Kammerorchester Heilbronn, and with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Emmanuel Krivine and David Shallon. She has also collaborated with chamber music partners Wolfgang Schulz, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Emmanuel Pahud, James Galway, Wolfram Christ and Klaus Stoll.
She has made numerous recordings for the DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, SONY CLASSICAL and CAMPANELLA MUSICA labels, winning the “Grand Prix du Disque” for French Chamber music with ensemble Wien-Berlin and the actress Catherine Deneuve on DGG and the ,,Vierteljahresliste des Deutschen Schallplattenpreises 1999″ for the Double Concertos by W. Lutoslawski and Frank Martin on CAMPANELLA MUSICA. Margit-Anna Süss plays a Fischerharp Nr. 1000. She lives in Berlin with her husband Hansjörg Schellenberger and their three children.