Susi Evans

Klezmer and Balkan clarinet


I have never heard any other clarinettist pull so many notes out clean and clear at such a breakneck pace, or with such infectious enthusiasm” Oxford Times

Susi “has a deep knowledge of the klezmer idiom” (Evening Standard), and her performances have inspired press reviews remarking on her “nimble solo features and excellent tone control” (The Scottish Herald).
Susi is a founder member of the klezmer & Balkan ensemble, She’Koyokh, that won first prize in the 2008 International Jewish Music Festival, was nominated for Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards 2012 and 2018 and has performed internationally at festivals and venues such as WOMAD, Sziget, London’s Southbank Centre and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

Susi also co-founded the London Klezmer Quartet who have toured in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil and released four studio albums. She appeared regularly on the West End stage in the National Theatre’s smash-hit production of War Horse and has collaborated with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Aurora Orchestra, composer Jocelyn Pook, the Mahogany Opera Group and Limbik Theatre. She has performed with Lorin Sklamberg and Frank London (Klezmatics) and Alan Bern (Brave Old World).

Susi graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2004 and continued her studies in Istanbul with Selim Sesler, with Nikola Iliev at the Plovdiv Academy of Music in Bulgaria, and with leaders of the klezmer revival.
She is now in demand as a teacher herself and is Assistant Head of Faculty for Klezfest London and a faculty member at Yiddish Summer Weimar. Susi leads a programme of eastern European music in schools for Harrow Music Service.

In 2017 Susi received an ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music), awarded to former students who have made a significant contribution to the music profession.

Watch: Susi performing with She’Koyokh