Susan Helen Norton


She started playing the cello at the age of 8. She was a student at the Northampton Music School with Jack Zerfahs and then a pupil of Alexander Baillie, before she was accepted at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She continued her cello studies with Ulrich Heinen (principal cello with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) at the Conservatoire, attained her Performance and Teaching Diplomas with distinction, and obtained a second class honours degree-B.A. (hons) with distinction. She was Principal ‘cello for the String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra and a member of the 20th Century Music Ensemble, and finalist in the Conservatoire Concerto Trials. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Derek Simpson and completed an Advanced Studies course in Post Graduate Cello playing. She performed live for a BBC children’s television programme called “What’s that Noise” in 1991, and freelanced as a ‘cellist with The Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields Sinfonia and other ensembles throughout London and England. From 1992 Susan was a full time member of the Camerata Orchestra, resident orchestra of the Athens concert hall, in Athens. She has recorded for the BBC, the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra and the Camerata Orchestra. She recorded the Martinu Concertino for Piano Trio on the Agora label, with the Camerata orchestra. She was a founding member of the I. Q. String quartet, which has recorded for Greek artists such as Giorgos Kontrafouris, Stavros Lantsias , Christos Thivaios and Yiannis Parios.
She performed a song with Sakis Rouvas for the Arion music awards ceremony. She regularly performed with Stavros Lantsias and his ensemble, and Eleni Karaindrou. In the year 2000 the string quartet recorded the music for a new television series called Ouden Provlima. Susan regularly records music for the Greek film composer Nikos Kypourgos. In 2004 she stood in at the last minute to play improvised solo jazz cello at the Herod Atticus theatre with the American gospel singer and pianist Liz McComb. She has participated and co-composed with Babis Blazoudakis in two film music scores for the Eugenides Foundation films, and also as a solo cellist, which have been shown at the Athens Planetarium and the Queen Mary cruise ship. In 2018 she was asked to perform solo Bach to the President of the Greek Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, at the Numismatic Museum of Athens. She now regularly freelances with the Athens Philharmonia and Camerata Orchestras in Athens as well as performing solo and ensembles recitals around Greece and Italy. She has been a member of the Orchestra of the Cyclades for many years too.
She was the Director of Music at Campion School in Athens and is currently the music specialist for the Junior School.