Susanne Rechsteiner (1985) studied trombone and conducting at the Zurich University of the Arts (Bachelor) and at the Music Academy Basel (Master). In 2011, she moved to Germany and continued her studies in orchestral conducting at the Music University Franz Liszt in Weimar with prof. Gunter Kahlert and Martin Hoff.
Already during her studies, she worked as trombonist at the Opera Zurich and was getting many engagements as a soloist, including with the Basel Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, she played under famous conductors like Adam Fischer, Bernard Haitink, Christoph von Dohnanyi, David Zinman, Nello Santi, Philippe Jordan and Daniele Gatti.
For the Season 2013/14 Susanne Rechsteiner won the position as musical assistant with the Bergische Symphoniker.
Through her experience as a teacher, Susanne Rechsteiner mediates the classical music in new ways and is very famous of her original moderations of education concerts. In that position, she has been conducting and moderating more than thirty educational concerts, including “The Sorceres`s Apprentice” of Paul Dukas or Benjamin Britten`s “The Young Person`s Guide to the Orchestra.
The biggest passion of Susanne Rechsteiner is the theatre. As musical assistant, she has been working very successfully in different opera houses like the Meininger Staatsheater with “The Magic Flute”, with the Bergische Symphoniker in “La Traviata” and at the Lucerne Theatre in “Rigoletto”.
In 2018, Susanne Rechsteiner was following the invitation of the “Spazio Musica Opera Academy Orvieto” (I), to prepare and perform the opera “Un Ballo in Maschera” under the guidance of Vittorio Parisi and Gabriella Ravazzi. Finally, in 2019 she attended an internship at the Zurich Opera House as maestro suggeritore in the production of Jules Massenet`s “Manon”.
In addition to that, she presented her talent and knowledge in many stage plays. As an important mediator between the music and the artists, she led the stage music of Johann Wolfgang von Goethes “Faust” and in the production of Heinrich von Kleist`s “The Earthquake in Chile” she assisted Ari Benjamin Meyers in his new composition for that production.
She attended masterclasses with Sir Mark Elder, Marin Alsop, Vittorio Parisi, Philippe Bach, Merk Heron, Christoph M. Löser and Johannes Schlaefli. In 2016, Susanne Rechsteiner was invited to work with David Amado at the National Music Festival (USA).
As a guest conductor, Susanne Rechsteiner led concerts inter alia: The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra Bucharest, the Orchestra of the Royal College of Music Manchester, the Jenaer Philharmonie, The Orchestra am Singrün Regensburg, the Youth Orchestra Saar, the Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra, the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha, the Leipziger Symphoniker, the Philharmonic Orchestra Rousse, the West-Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, the North-Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.
Another passion is the music for Wind– and Brass Bands. Through successful participations in competitions (2. Rank at Swiss Nationals in 2008 and half finalist at the European Conductors Competition), international top bands gave her interesting engagements to demonstrate her talent. A big interest of Susanne Rechsteiner is the promotion of the young generation in that genre. She regularly leads rehearsals and follows engagements as a coach or a guest conductor for any Wind Bands or Brass Bands.
Currently, Susanne Rechsteiner has the position as music school headmaster at the Musikschule Landquart und Umbegung, teaches trombone at the Musikschule Herisau and is conductor of the Musikgesellschaft Jenaz and the Brass Band Cazis.