Susan Williams

Baroque Trumpet

Susan Williams

Quality Practice: keys effective, efficient and enjoyable practice

In the course Quality Practice we will look at what makes practice efficient and effective as well as what motivates us to practice and how we can organise enjoyable practice sessions into our daily life. Participants will be able to try out innovative methods of practice and mental training as well as develop a tool for planning and regulating practice. The material in this course is based on current knowledge from the fields of psychology, pedagogy and neuro-science.

Dr Susan Williams is one of the world’s most well-known specialists in baroque trumpet, and over the last 30 years has performed and recorded with many of Europe’s finest early music ensembles as soloist, chamber musician and in orchestral projects. She has also initiated and realised many of her own artistic projects involving natural trumpets. She teaches at The Royal Conservatorium of The Hague and at the University of the Arts in Bremen

In addition to teaching natural trumpet, and leading ensemble projects and workshops, Susan has been giving regular courses in practice and performance preparation for over ten years. Susan is actively involved in curriculum development in the area of training practice both in The Hague and in Bremen. She teaches in staff development programs in The Netherlands, Belgium and Austria and for the Netzwerk Musikhochschulen of Germany. Her research has revolved around the topics of attentional focus and musical imagery.

Susan’s book Quality Practice has enjoyed wide popularity amongst musicians and teachers.

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De Australische Susan Williams is specialist in baroktrompet. Susan Williams heeft een ‘retorische’ speelstijl ontwikkeld, gebaseerd op zeventiende-eeuwse clarinotechnieken. Ze heeft samengewerkt met veel van Europa’s beste barokensembles, waaronder Collegium Vocale, Les Arts Florissants, Musica Antiqua Köln, Cantus Cölln, La Stravaganza Köln, Musiciens du Louvre, Anima Eterna, Al Ayre Espagnol en nog veel meer. Ook treedt ze op als solist, kamermuzikant – onder andere in de prominente kamerorkesten Combattimento Consort Amsterdam en de Deutsche Kammer Philharmonie – en in orkesten. Momenteel treedt ze ook regelmatig op met haar trompetensemble Clarini. Susan doceert baroktrompet aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium van Den Haag en aan de Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Bremen.