Appreciated for being a “born soloist” (Toronto Globe & Mail), where “one can almost hear the words in her flute song” (Washington Post), Canadian flutist Susan Hoeppner is highly regarded for her flawless lyricism, dazzling virtuosity and “no holds barred” approach to performing. She is an established international soloist and chamber musician, and her appearances include prestigious venues spanning the continents of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
Ms. Hoeppner has performed as a guest soloist with orchestras around the world, beginning her professional career in Buenos Aires at the famed Teatro Colon. Following her debut in South America, she went on to be guest soloist with the Lisbon Radio Orchestra (Portugal), Kyoto Symphony Orchestra (Japan), Takefu Int’l Festival Orchestra (Japan), Northern Lights Festival Orchestra (Mexico), Sacramento Symphony, New York Chamber Ensemble, among others. Closer to home in Canada, she has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Symphony, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Manitoba Chamber Ensemble, Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Kitchener/Waterloo Symphony, Toronto Chamber Players, Regina Symphony and the Hamilton Philharmonic.
A celebrated recording artist, her numerous discs have been received with critical acclaim. Recently, Ms. Hoeppner was nominated for a JUNO Award with her latest recording on the Marquis Classics label entitled “American Flute Masterpieces”, with pianist Lydia Wong, in the category of “Classical Album of the Year: Chamber or Solo” in 2012. In this same year, Susan became the only Canadian flutist to be appointed a Haynes Artist. The Boston-based Wm. S. Haynes Flute Company is one of the world’s top flute makers; Susan represents Haynes in performances, masterclasses, lectures, and other appearances. She was invited by the well-known music publisher Frederick Harris Music Company to record, represent and showcase their newly established repertoire series entitled “Overtones: A Comprehensive Flute Series”. She performed this series in presentation recitals across North America, with its launch beginning at the National Flute Convention 2010 in California.
Susan Hoeppner is proud to introduce works by Canadian composers to her audiences, and has been invited to perform in Canadian Embassies worldwide where she programs new and exciting works. In August, 2011 she gave the world premiere of a new flute Concerto written for her by Christos Hatzis called “Departures:Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra” with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra in Japan. A flute Sonata was written for her by Gary Kulesha and they premiered the work together in 2013.
She maintains an active media presence and can be heard frequently on Canada’s national broadcaster, on CBC Radio 2, Classical 96.3FM, on live Bravo! TV broadcasts and Galaxie TV radio. Susan Hoeppner graduated from The Juilliard School in New York where she studied with the renowned flutist Julius Baker. An esteemed mentor herself, Susan is on faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto. Every summer she gives classes and performances at Le Domaine Forget in Québec, Canada and Campus Internazionale della Musica d’Arte (CIMA) in Italy. Ms. Hoeppner resides in Toronto.