Susanne Lautenbacher

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Susanne Lautenbacher (born 19 April 1932, in Augsburg) is a German violinist. She studied violin with the Munich-based violin pedagogue Karl Freund (first violin of the Freund Quartet) and later with Henryk Szeryng. She was a prizewinner in the early years of the Munich ARD Violin Competition.[1] On some early recordings her name appears as Suzanne or Susi.

Lautenbacher has made a large number of gramophone recordings,[2] and featured in numerous recordings of concertos and chamber music between the late 1950s and early 1990s, on labels such as Vox, Turnabout, Intercord, Bärenreiter-Musicaphon, Bayer, and many others. She has recorded works by Biber, Locatelli, Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart including all five Violin Concertos and the Concertone K. 190, Beethoven including the Concerto, both Romances and the 'Spring' and 'Kreutzer' Sonatas, J.N. Hummel, Schubert, Rolla, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Spohr, Viotti, Brahms, Reger, Béla Bartók, Kurt Weill,[3] Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Hans Pfitzner, Hans Werner Henze, Hans Schäuble, Giorgio Federico Ghedini (Concerto dell'albatro) and Bernd Alois Zimmermann. She also made numerous concert appearances, especially with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn, conducted by Jörg Faerber. Among other works, Lautenbacher instigated and premièred the Concerto for violin and voices Orpheus (1978/9) by Arthur Dangel and the Violin Concerto Septuarchie (1975) by Eva Schorr. She also performed regularly in chamber music, principally with the Bell'Arte Trio (Stuttgart), Ulrich Koch (viola), Thomas Blees then Martin Ostertag (cello), and the pianist Martin Galling.

Lautenbacher taught the violin for many years at the Stuttgart Conservatoire where she was appointed to a Professorship in 1965. Her husband, Heinz Jansen, formerly a viola player in the Edwin Fischer Chamber Orchestra, founded and directed a classical music recording company, the Südwest-Tonstudio Stuttgart.


  1. ^ Wismeyer, Ludwig: 'Susanne Lautenbacher', Zeitschrift für Musik 114 (1953), pp. 603 - 4
  2. ^ Creighton, James: Discopaedia of the Violin, vol. 2, pp 427 – 432. Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 1974  
  3. ^ Scott, Matthew, "Reviews of Records" (Weill) (April 1982). The Musical Quarterly, 68 (2): pp. 298-299.