Suzanna Barnes has been playing music almost all of her life. She started when she was just three years old on the violin and continues to this day. Surrounded by a family whose interests, both professionally and for enjoyment, were music, there was never a doubt in her mind that she too wanted to become a musician. She began with classical training through the Suzuki Method and continued into high school majoring primarily in the violin at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, OH. Throughout these early years, she also absorbed the sound of a different style of music; bluegrass and fiddling, by the likes of Mark O'Connor, Bela Fleck, and others. Also, while growing up she played in her church ensemble, using her ear to make up her own parts on the spot. By doing this, she developed the desire to improvise and soon got accepted into the jazz program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, from where she holds a bachelor's Degree. During her mid-college years, she moved to NYC and gained a lot of performing experience and also attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan. While she was in New York, she received the 2008 Eubie and Marion Blake Award for her achievements in music. Although the violin is her primary instrument, she also enjoys playing the mandolin and singing. Suzanna continues to perform in various styles as well as teach in her hometown of Cincinnati, OH.