Susanne van Els was one of the leading musicians in The Netherlands. She was awarded the Alcuinus Prize of the City of Nijmegen in 1998, for her outstanding merits as a performing artist. Amongst others she was a member of String Trio Holland, Ives Ensemble, Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Schönberg Ensemble. A multitude of composers, including Louis Andriessen, have written solo pieces and concerts for her. A series of remarkable solo CDs was released internationally. Van Els played the Dutch premiere of Ligeti’s solo viola sonata, which she recorded on a Capella Amsterdam CD for harmonia mundi – it was awarded the Deutscher Schalplattenpreis and the Diapason d’Or de l’année 2009. She played a Carlo Antonio Testore, 1745.