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Susan Freier, Violin and Viola

Following degrees from Stanford in Music and Biology as a Ford scholar, Susan Freier pursued an advanced degree at the Eastman School of Music. In her first year, she coformed the Chester String Quartet and won the Cleveland Quartet competition, working with Eastman’s Cleveland Quartet and the Aspen School of Music. The quartet went on to win the Evian, Munich International, Portsmouth (England) and Chicago Discovery competitions. After leaving Eastman, the Chester became faculty ensemble-in-residence at Indiana University. In 1989, Susan joined Stanford’s faculty and the Stanford String Quartet. In 1998 she co-founded the Ives Quartet and remained with the ensemble until 2015 when she helped transform the group into the Ives Collective, becoming its Associate Artistic Director.

A participant at the Aspen, Grand Teton and Newport Music Festivals, she has performed on NPR, the BBC and German State Radio and recorded on the Newport Classics, Stolat, Pantheon, Laurel, Music and Arts, and CRI labels. A former artist-faculty member at the Pacific Music Festival, Music in the Mountains, the Rocky Ridge Music Center, and the Orfeo Music Festival (Italy) Ms. Freier teaches and performs at the Mendocino Music Festival, the SoCal Music Workshop, and the Telluride Chamber Music Festival.