John Suchet

John Suchet presents the flagship morning show on Classic FM every weekday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

He has twice been honoured for his radio programme on Classic FM, at the New York Festivals International Radio Programme Awards in 2014, and the Association for International Broadcasting Awards in 2013.

Before joining Classic FM, John was best known as one of the country’s most popular television reporters and newscasters. As a reporter for ITN, he covered major events around the world, including the Iran Revolution, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the Philippines Revolution. He then became a newscaster for ITN, presenting all major bulletins including News at Ten.

John has been honoured in both roles. He was Television Reporter of the year in 1986, and Television Newscaster of the year in 1996. In 2008 the Royal Television Society accorded him its highest accolade, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

John has had a lifelong passion for classical music, in particular for the life and works of Beethoven. He has published six books on the great composer, the most recent being a full length biography, Beethoven — The Man Revealed, published to acclaim in 2012.

In September 2015 he published a biography of the Strauss family, The Strauss Dynasty and Vienna, which entered the Sunday Times bestseller list at no.8. In September 2016 he published a biography of Mozart, Mozart — The Man Revealed. His biography of Verdi, Verdi — The Man Revealed, was published in September 2017. He is currently working on a biography of Tchaikovsky, Tchaikovsky — The Man Revealed, to be published in September 2018.

John has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by his old university, The University of Dundee, and Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music for his work on Beethoven.

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