Biography: Susan Centorino - Dreamer/Music Producer/Composer/Pianist
A native of Southern California, Susan was immersed in the color of music at a young age. Formal training on the piano began with a conservatory in North Hollywood at the advice of Ardella Shaub. Her primary instructor in Los Angeles became Charles Galloway (of Sherwood Music School with Leo Podolsky) for fifteen years. Other important mentors in piano and musicology include Alessandra-Althoff (of Villa Schifanoia, Conservatory L. Cherubini, Accademia of La Scala, Accademia M. Ravel, and Mozarteum), Carol Cole (of CSULB and University of Southern California) and Elizabeth Irek Tholberg. Influenced by the Romantic, Impressionist and Jazz Eras, Centorino's favorite composers include Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Joplin, Gershwin, Copland, M. Steiner, B. Herrmann, Brubeck; the list is endless.
As co-producer, Susan Centorino worked behind the scenes on "Three Dreams" and "Bananas for Lunch," released under the Centorino Productions label. Previous albums, "Footsteps in the Sand" and "Ivory" came about when Susan encouraged Jim Centorino to share his imaginative and wide range of music. (For more on Jim Centorino, see the "Centorino Productions" website.) The two albums were originally released by World Disc in the early 1990s. The music was unique in that it was sold at the Disney theme parks under the World Disc label. The music is regularly licensed and broadcasted on television, radio and other venues around the world.