Suzana Mendes studied harpsichord and clavichord in her birthplace of Lisbon, as well as in Amsterdam, Oslo and Cologne, where she studied with Prof. Ketil Haugsand, and received her Diploma in 1997 with distinction and in 2000 completed her concert exam on the harpsichord and clavichord.
She also studied with Anneke Uittenbosch and Richard Egarr, and participated in many courses for early music where she worked with some of the best specialist in this area. She is especially dedicated to Iberian music of the 16th and 17th century, and in this field she attained lessons by M. S. Kastner, G. Doderer, C. Rosado Fernandes and Luisa Morales.
She appears throughout Europe as a solo performer as well as a member of several ensembles. Amongst others, she has performed with Ensemble Resonanz, Concerto Koeln, Cordate, Harmonia Parnassia and Ensemble Affetto. She has also performed on album and radio recordings.
She has been correpetitor and tuner at the early music courses organised by Academia de Música Antiga de Lisboa between 1998 and 2008.
Suzana Mendes teaches harpsichord at the Institute for Church Music at the Robert Schumann College for Music in Dusseldorf and at the Bonn School of Music, and regularly gives courses for harpsichord, clavichord, chamber music and tuning and maintenance of early keyboard instruments.
She plays a clavichord built by herself in 2001, a copy of a Krämer, Göttingen, 1804, and a copy of an anonymous German instrument around 1700 (Leipzig Nr. 10), built by Geert Karman in 1992.