Presenting In Tune on BBC Radio 3 in 2012
|Born||Suzanne Rebecca Klein
1975 (age 37–38)
|Education||South Hampstead High School|
|Alma mater||St Hugh's College, Oxford|
|Occupation||Writer and broadcaster|
|Awards||William Hardcastle Journalism Award, 1996. Sony Bronze Award - In Tune, BBC Radio 3, 2012.|
Suzy Klein is a British writer and BBC broadcaster, specialising in music and arts programmes.
Early years and education
Klein grew up in Maida Vale, London, the eldest of four siblings. She attended South Hampstead High School before gaining first-class honours in Music from the University of Oxford. While there, she directed and produced short films and presented a weekly live arts show on the student radio station Oxygen FM. She gained a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism from City University London before travelling to Canada to work as a presenter on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's radio and TV services.
She returned to the UK to work for the BBC - first as an assistant producer at Radio 4 on programmes including Start the Week and Loose Ends. She then moved to BBC Television, working as a director and producer on a range of arts and music films. Klein became a presenter in 2005, when she was listed in "The Guardian's 25 up-and-coming cultural figures". In 2008, she became "the new face of the Proms". She has also presented the BBC2 programmes The Culture Show, BBC Young Musician of the Year and The Review Show.
Klein currently hosts Radio 3's drivetime show, In Tune, alongside Music Matters, concerts and events. She has been one of the lead voices on the station's major campaigns of recent years, including its celebrations of the complete works of Mozart and Schubert.
She guest presents Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4 and has made a documentary for the station about fear and phobias.
Other broadcast work
Klein presents Sky Arts' flagship performance programme, Greats at Eight, weekday evenings on Sky Arts 2. She also presented Aida from the Royal Albert Hall (March 2012) for the broadcaster and a forthcoming series, 'The Rosenblatt Recitals', will air in summer 2013.
She co-authored a book with her sister, Jacky Klein, entitled What is Contemporary Art? A Children's Guide, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York and published in September 2012 by Thames & Hudson. It has been translated into 7 foreign language editions.
Klein is a patron of Scale Vocal Trust, a charity which helps talented young singers realise their potential and get into music college.