Susan Brunnert studied violin at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in the US and worked for many years in the field of music management in New York and Germany.
String instruments have been her lifelong passion, driven by her love of classical music, immersion in related businesses, and a 30-plus year marriage to Christian Brunnert, former principal cellist of the Beethoven Orchestra.
Susan lives and works in Bonn, Germany.
„For over 20 years I have been friends and colleagues with Susan Brunnert. It is not only the music and the violin that bring us together, but also the endless hours we share discussing the breeding of roses, Biedermeier antiques and how best to bake sourdough bread. Our conversations are always stimulating and exciting, and Susan has never disappointed me. Moreover, she is doing wonderful work selling my instruments.“ – Peter Greiner
Privileged to have witnessed the birth of close to 300 Peter Greiner violins, violas and cellos, Susan Brunnert is the representative and sales agent for these fine string instruments. Peter Greiner is regarded by many as the finest luthier in the world today, creating instruments reputed for their top-quality craftsmanship in combination with scientific analysis of sound and historic materials used by the old masters. Since 2004, Susan has worked to make his instruments available to musicians around the world. While they had not been unattainable outside Europe prior to that time, by 2014 international sales had increased significantly as a result of Susan’s efforts. Today Greiner instruments are played exclusively by a number of the world’s leading musicians, and Susan is contacted by string players throughout Europe and around the globe for the one-on-one, customized services she provides as they consider purchasing these legendary instruments.
Cognizant of musicians’ individualized needs and sound ideals, Susan is happy to show her clients more than one Greiner, enabling them to comprehend the maker’s handiwork and skill and to ensure they make choices best tailored to their preferences. Susan’s consultation is individual and extensive, personally advising each musician throughout all stages of the process.
As a result of the excellent relationship and bond of trust Susan and Peter have long shared, Peter has chosen to guarantee Susan a certain number of instruments each year. Consequently, while a years-long waiting list awaits those who place orders directly with Peter Greiner, Susan is able to sell these sought-after instruments immediately or within short waiting periods.
“I have developed a deep knowledge and understanding of Peter’s idea of sound and have seen time and again his brilliance in getting the optimal sound out of each of his instruments.” – Susan Brunnert
For over a decade, Susan Brunnert has worked in various capacities with instrumentalists of all calibers, including soloists, amateurs, orchestral players, and chamber musicians. This experience, together with Susan’s background in music studies, performance and management, has shaped her expertise in helping musicians around the world find instruments best suited to their personalized requirements, standards and situations. Susan’s extensive and thorough consultations are rooted in her desire to ensure that the musicians with whom she works find the right instrument match, which she well understands to be the ultimate outcome they seek.
„Peters unique approach to lutherie is ultimately rooted in his love for music, and his desire to create instruments that sing with the richness of the human voice“ – Greiner Website