Polly Sussex, was born in Australia but moved to New Zealand at an early age. She studied Violoncello and Piano in Prague and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Later she studied for her B.Mus. Hons., and Ph. D. (The Violoncello Sonatas of Luigi Boccherini) at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She also holds Diplomas in Teaching and in Arts Administration from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
More recently, she became interested in the Viola da Gamba. In 2007 and 2008, Polly undertook postgraduate studies in Viola da Gamba at the Hochschule fuer Kuenste, Bremen, North Germany and at the Scola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. She plays all sizes of Viola da Gamba, including the Pardessus.
Polly Sussex performs, teaches Piano, Violoncello; she also researches Baroque Cello and Viola da Gamba music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Recently her article Boccherini: the “Tenor and “Alto’ Violoncelli and the Stift Seitenstetten, was published in Boccherini Studies Volume 5. Polly performs with the Baroque chamber group, Affetto, which recently released its first cd.