Born in Christchurch, Susan completed studies in violin and chamber music at Canterbury and Auckland Universities with Mary O'Brien, David Nalden, Paulene Smith and Carl Anthony Pini. This was followed by seven years in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and further study with Jan Tawroscewisz after which she escaped off to Europe.
Alongside further violin study, Susan freelanced in many different orchestras, including Munich Philharmonie, Bayerische Rundfunk Musica Viva (contemporary music programme), Munich Residence Orchestra, Ingolstadt Chamber Orchestra and both the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Symphony Orchestra working under conductors such as Colin Davis, Gian Andrea Noseda, Gyorgy Lehel,Tamas Vasary, and Yehudi Menuhin.
Susan comes from an artistic family and has also taken four years out of playing professionally to complete an art degree at the University of Westminster ( Harrow Art School) UK in 2009. She majored in ceramics and now exhibits ceramic sculpture in Canterbury (Sculpture on the Peninsula, Ellerslie Sculpture Garden) and around New Zealand.
She returned to Christchurch with her pianist husband in 2010 and rejoined the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, having played in it during her teens.