Blüthner Artist Susann KobusSusann Kobus

Susann Kobus was born in Dresden (Germany) in 1985. She began to play the piano at the age of seven. From 1992 she had piano lessons from the pianist Karin Franz-Prade in Dresden. From the year 2000 she has been a student at the Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Highschool, the special School of Music in Dresden. From 2005 to 2006 she was a student at the University of Music “Carl-Maria von Weber” in Dresden. In 2005 she took part in a Masterclass of Prof. Dr. h.c. Arbo Valdma in Heidelberg, who invited her to join his class. 

From 2006 Susann Kobus was a student at the University of Music in Cologne, where she worked under the guidance of Prof. Dr. h.c. Arbo Valdma. In 2009 she obtained her Diploma at the University of Music in Cologne. Now she makes her doctor`s degree in Music at the “Westfälische Wilhelms-University” in Münster. Susann Kobus' repertoire is extensive and includes works from composers of the 20 th century. The most time she applies oneself to classical and romantical piano works. As a young artist, Susann Kobus has already won several prizes in International Master Classes und Competitions. In September 2004 she was very successful at the International Master Class with Barbara Moser during the “Austrian Masterclasses” in Zell an der Pram. She won the First Prize of “La Fondazione Antonio Salieri di Legnano”, which included the opportunity to go on a tour as a soloist in 2004-2005 in Italy, Germany and The Netherlands. Susann Kobus regularly participates in Master Classes with Prof. Arnulf von Arnim, Prof. Galina Iwanzowa, Prof. Wieslaw Piekos, Prof. Manfred Wagner-Artzt und bei Prof. Amadeus Webersinke.

In 1999 Susann Kobus won first prize in the piano solo section of the German National Music Competition “Jugend musiziert”. She was a prize winner of the Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau (Germany) in 2002. In 2003 Susann won second prize in the piano accompaniment section of the National Competition “Jugend musiziert” and participated successfully at the International Competition “Grotrian - Steinweg” in Braunschweig (Germany) in the same year. In 2004 she won first prize of the National Competition “Jugend musiziert” in the piano accompaniment section. In 2005 Susann Kobus won the “Piano NEWS –Preis“ oft he “Hommage an Frédéric Chopin” of the Anton Rubinstein Akademie in Düsseldorf.

She is also invited to give concerts in well known Festivals such as “Dresdner Musikfestspiele” im Schloss Pillnitz/ Dresden and “Schleswig-Holstein-Musik-Festival” in Lübeck.

Susann gave concerts in Germany and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician, for example in Prague, Paris, London, Verona, Krakow, Warsaw, La Valletta, Cologne, Münster and Dresden. She also played as a soloist with Haydnorchester Dresden under direction of KV Klaus Fritzsche and with Pärnu City Orchestra (Estonia) under direction of Paul Mägi.

Further she is actively successful in chamber music. In 2004 she won second prize of the National Competition “Jugend musiziert” with Duo “Fiorente” with the flutist Berit Schmutzler. The Duo “Fiorente” participated in Master Classes of Professor Irmela Boßler and Sabine Kittel. Susann Kobus also played in the piano trio “Sonoro”, which was founded in 2002 under the direction of Professor Helmuth Branny, a member of the “Sächsische Staatskapelle” Orchestra in Dresden. In May 2003 the piano trio participated in the International Competition for Chamber Music in Heerlen (Netherlands) and was very successful against other musicians seven years older than the trio. The piano trio won third prize of the National Competition “Jugend musiziert” in 2004. In February 2004 the piano trio participated in a Chamber Music Master Class of Sir Colin Davis, conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Further Susann Kobus plays in the Duo “Affettuoso” with the cellist Lorena Nitsch.

Susann regularly gives concerts in Germany and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician.

From 2006 to 2009 Susann Kobus had a piano class at a Music School in Dormagen and from 2008 to 2010 she was a répétiteur at the University of Music in Cologne. From 2009 to 2011 she had a class at the Städtischen Musikschule in Menden (Sauerland) and gave lessons in piano, chamber music and music theory. Since 2009 Susann Kobus has a piano class at the Westfälischen Schule für Musik in Münster