Suzanne Beia, concertmaster, has been with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra since 1995, and is second violinist in the Pro Arte Quartet. She also serves as Assistant Concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Reno, Nevada, she began her musical studies on the viola at the age of ten. Three years later, she shifted her attention to the violin and made her solo debut at the age of fourteen with the North Lake Tahoe Symphony. Since that time, she has performed on numerous occasions as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and Germany. Before coming to Madison, Suzanne held the position of Principal Second Violin in the Wichita Symphony and has held concertmaster positions with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Bay Area Women's Philharmonic, Spoleto Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony of San Francisco. She also held the Assistant Concertmaster position in the New World Symphony.
Her chamber music experience has been extensive, having been invited to perform in numerous festivals such as Chamber Music West, Telluride Chamber Music Festival, Token Creek, Festival de Prades, and Chamber Music at the Barn. Suzanne has served on the faculties of the Rocky Ridge Music Center and Florida International University. Her major teachers have included Theodore Madsen, Roy Malan, Jorja Fleezanis and David Perry.