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Susanne Blumenthal is one of the most versatile conductors of her generation. She started out studying choral conducting and later gained further experience through masterclasses with Bernhard Haitink, Sylvain Cambreling and David Zinman, as well as completing several opera internships.

In 2007 Susanne Blumenthal won the First Prize of the Bergische Symphoniker Conducting Competition and in 2009-10 was a scholarship holder at the International Ensemble Modern Akademie, where she conducted several concerts in collaboration with Helmut Lachenmann, Hans Zender, Nicolaus A. Huber, Friedrich Cerha, Johannes Kalitzke and others.

Susanne Blumenthal was engaged several times as an assistant for opera productions with Beat Furrer and was engaged as Musical Director at the Frankfurt Theatre. Her conceptual work for the contemporary opera Timeshift was realised to critical acclaim at the Münster Theatre.

Susanne Bumenthal is conductor of the ensemble MAM.manufaktur für aktuelle musik that performs at many of the major festivals for contemporary music. Furthermore, she conducts the EOS Kammerorchester Köln, which plays not only a repertoire of the modern classical era but also presents spectacular programmes in collaboration with internationally well-known jazz musicians.


From 2014 - 2021 she was a lecturer in orchestral conducting at the Leipzig University of Music and Drama, before being appointed Professor of New Music Interpretation at the Cologne University of Music and Dance in 2021.