German clarinetist Susanne Ortner-Roberts is internationally acclaimed both as asoloist and as a member of the German Klezmer Quartet “Sing Your Soul“.
The German Newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine states that she is “amusician par excellence, capable of moving you deeply“.
Susanne is a graduate of the Leopold Mozart Conservatory, and The University of Augsburg.
She previously taught German literature, language and music.
Following aninvitation by the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, she has been accompanyingPittsburgh area Holocaust Survivors at schools and Universities creating themusical framework for their stories.
Susanne is a serious researcher of Eastern European music, and offers Klezmer Workshops. Besides master classesand lectures at the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University, sheinstructed the klezmer band at the Agency for Jewish Learning, and assists theCarpathian Ensemble at The University of Pittsburgh.
Susanne has arrangedand composed music for many theatrical productions including “Mazel” by AmyHartman, as well as several book and film projects.
She is the subject ofthe recent book “Living the Dream” – Für die Musik nach Amerika” written by German Television journalist Helge Fuhst.
Tom Roberts is one of theleading exponents of early jazz piano in the world today.
He has performed on “TheTonight Show“ and “A Prairie Home Companion” with Leon Redbone.
Tom arranged andperformed the music with Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks for the soundtrackof Martin Scorsese’s film “The Aviator”. He has also arranged music for thesyndicated PRI show “RiverwalkJazz, Live from the Landing with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band”, and for Wynton Marsalis and “The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra”.
He was the featuredpianist at the International Stride Piano Summit in Zurich, Switzerland 2001and 2009. Tom lived in New Orleans between 1989 and 1994, and performed in allthe major jazz clubs and on the riverboats. He preformed frequently at both “TheJazz and Heritage Festival” and “The French Quarter Festival” with a specialsolo appearance at “The Professor Longhair Society- Piano Night at Tipitina’s”.
Tom has been featured multiple times with Dick Hyman at the prestigious Jazz In July series at New York’s 92nd St. Y and hasperformed twice at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
He continues to tour worldwide and perform with bands from New Orleans and New York, including the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and the Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble.
Besides his pianistic artistry Tom is a versatile music historian and has contributed articles for the magazine “Piano Today”, and is a frequent guest at National Public Radio.