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Suzy Klein was born in 1975 and grew up in Maida Vale in London. She went to South Hampstead High School and then to Oxford University, where she gained First Class Honours in Music.

Suzy began broadcasting while at Oxford, with a weekly live arts show on the radio station Oxygen FM. She also wrote and directed short films. She went on to take a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at City University in London, winning the William Hardcastle Journalism Award and travelling to Canada to work as a presenter with CBC radio and TV.

Since then, Suzy has worked across a range of TV and radio programmes, as a director and producer. Production credits include Start the Week, Close Up, Loose Ends, Music Matters and Late Review, followed by several years spent writing and producing documentaries, drama-docs and live events for BBC Classical Music Television.

Suzy moved into presenting in 2005. Having spent ten years on the other side of the camera, she stood in at the last minute for someone who had dropped out of a screen-test audition. She was rewarded with a spot on the BBC4 Proms that summer.

Since then, she has anchored Proms coverage on both BBC2 and BBC4, as well as presenting music features and reviews for BBC2's Culture Show and The Review Show, winning acclaim as one of The Guardian's 25 up-and-coming cultural figures. She presents Sky Arts’ flagship performance programme, Greats at Eight and will be presenting the BBC’s coverage of this year’s Leeds Piano Competition. She has co-hosted the Young Musician of the Year Final live on BBC2 and presented operas for BBC Television.

Suzy was given her own weekly show – the only named show on Radio 3 – Suzy Klein’s Sunday Morning. She currently hosts their drivetime show In Tune. She has been one of their lead voices on Radio 3’s major celebrations, including the complete works of Mozart and Schubert. She is also a regular presenter of Radio 4's Saturday Live.

Suzy has done a broad range of voiceover work, from BBC1 primetime docs on Pink Floyd and The Carpenters to a three-part series on Brazil and an Arts TV series for BBC4. As well as a passion for music of all sorts, her interests include books, film and the visual arts. Since 2006, she has written for the New Statesman on everything from mobile ringtones to how a former Pogue has redefined contemporary music. She also writes features for BBC Music Magazine and The Guardian.

"What a Performance! Pioneers of Popular Entertainment”, a series that Suzy co-presented with Frank Skinner was broadcast in December 2015. Suzy is currently filming a series on 19th century music for BBC4, having already written and presented a series on !8th century music for BBC4.

Suzy has also co-authored a book with her sister, Jacky Klein, WHAT IS CONTEMPORARY ART?: A CHILDREN’S GUIDE, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was published in October 2012 by Thames & Hudson.

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