Cellist Susannah Chapman is well-established as a chamber musician, soloist, contemporary music interpreter, and performer in leading chamber orchestras. The principal cellist of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, she is a former member of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and currently performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In past seasons with Orpheus, she has toured Southeast Asia, Europe, South America, Japan, appeared in Carnegie Hall, and performed on their European chamber music tour. Premiering new works by many of America’s leading composers, Chapman performs with the Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars, the cello quartet Cello, and is a member of Cygnus, a contemporary music sextet with its own series at Merkin Hall, and residencies at both Sarah Lawrence College and City University of New York. Susannah Chapman has appeared at Jacob’s Pillow as a soloist with the Mark Morris Dance Company in works designed for and premiered by Yo-Yo Ma. She has traveled to Australia with Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars to perform contemporary concertos in the Sydney Opera House as part of the Olympic Arts Festival.
Chapman is a founding member of the string trio Trigon and spent several summers at the Marlboro Music Festival, performing with such artists as Midori, Samuel Rhodes, and Isidore Cohen. With Musicians from Marlboro, she has toured nationally. She regularly performs and gives masterclasses with the Walden Chamber Players, and her chamber music performances with other New York groups have been heard at the 92nd Street Y, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, on NHK Television, and on WNYC.
Chapman holds a Doctorate of Music from SUNY Stony Brook and is the cello instructor at Sarah Lawrence College.