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“Exhilarating” Glasgow Herald...... “Breathtaking” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
".....Interpretation that showed intelligence and originality...freshness and spontaneity that enchanted the listener....An afternoon of brilliant piano playing.” World Art and Craft Magazine
Steinway Artist Susan Merdinger has been internationally acclaimed in prestigious newspapers and journals for her stunning performances. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung described her recital as a “daring, enormously joyous presentation which captured and transfixed the audience”. Fanfare Magazine ( March/April 2014) declared that her “Carnival” CD was “exquisitely detailed and full of life”, likening her playing to that of legendary pianists Leonard Bernstein, Annie Fischer and Nadia Reisenberg. Among her many honors, Merdinger is a First Prize Winner of the 2012 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and 2013 International Music Competition of France, and she is a winner of the 1986 Artists International Young Musicians Competition, the 1990 Artists International Alumni Winners Prize, the 1990 Dewar’s Young Artists Award in Music, the 2011 IBLA Grand Prize Competition “Special Liszt Award”, and the 2009 Masterplayers International Music Competition. She is a laureate of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition , Montreal International Concours de Musique, and William Kappell International Piano Competition. Ms. Merdinger’s prodigious talents were recognized at a very young age, with several prizes in youth competitions, culminating with the First Prize in the New York State Music Teachers Association (State-wide) Piano Competition at the age of sixteen. Additionally, as the Merdinger-Greene Duo Piano Team with her husband Steven Greene, she won First Prize in the 2013 International Music Competition of France, First Prize in the Westchester Conservatory Chamber Music Competition and was a Semi-Finalist in the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition.
With a vast repertoire spanning three centuries, Merdinger has toured Europe and the USA under the auspices of the International Concert Administration Foundation. She regularly performs as a soloist with orchestras, recitalist, duo pianist, and as a collaborative pianist with distinguished members of the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and has been repeatedly engaged as a Visiting Artist of the CSO Chamber Music Series with Violinist/Violist Charlie Pikler and the Tononi Ensemble. With a concerto repertoire of over thirty solo and duo piano concerti, she has soloed under many distinguished conductors including Mattia Rondelli, Glenn Cortese, Sandra Dackow, Ari Rudiakov, Ron Arden, Anatol Lysenka, Marvin von Deck, Francis Akos and Barry Hoffman, with numerous orchestras: The Chicago Philharmonic, Rockland Symphony, Yonkers Symphony, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony, the Highland Park Strings and the North Suburban Symphony. Merdinger has toured as a piano trio with the renowned Elaris Duo- cellist Steven Elisha and violinist Larisa Elisha, and as a duo partner of the violinist, David Yonan and pianist, Irina Feoktistova. A strong advocate of contemporary music and composers, Ms Merdinger has premiered and championed the works of composers Morton Gould, Aaron Jay Kernis, Augusta Read Thomas, Elbio Barilari, Ilya Levinson, Armando Susmano, Victor Pichardo, and Megaphonix.
Merdinger’s radio and television appearances in the USA and Europe have included live performances on WQXR’s ‘The Listening Room” with Robert Sherman, Chicago’s WFMT, Connecticut Public Radio, BRT-3-Belgian National Radio, BBC Television in the United Kingdom, and several television programs- including the “Bravura” Television Special on Cable TV, which is available on YouTube along with over 150 videos of her live performances. Ms. Merdinger has performed in major concert halls such as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Harris Theater of Music and Dance, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Diligentia Hall in the Hague, Henry Wood Concert Hall in Scotland’s National Orchestra Center, Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall, the Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center and Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago as well as at major universities and colleges such as the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, SUNY, Purchase, Manhattanville College, Yale University, and Columbia College. She has also performed for prominent dignitaries including John F. Kennedy, Jr., and the Governors of Connecticut and New York, for many charitable fundraising events. Her summer music festival performances include recitals and concerts at the Chautauqua, Norfolk, Summit and Fontainebleau Music Festivals. Merdinger’s current discography includes five CD’s of solo piano, duo piano and chamber music on the Sheridan Music Studio label - all available on iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon.
Merdinger received her formal education from Yale University, the Yale School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the Westchester Conservatory of Music, the Ecole Normale de Musique in Fontainebleau, France, as a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. Her teachers have included such luminaries as Constance Keene, Claude Frank, Ward Davenny, Seymour Lipkin, Ozan Marsh and Gaby Casadesus for piano, and Otto Werner Mueller and Robert Kapilow for conducting. Merdinger has also had coaching and/or masterclasses with Peter Serkin, Phillipe Entremont, Byron Janis, Walter Hautzig, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, and Mary Sauer. Ms. Merdinger earliest study began at the Westchester Conservatory of Music, Intensive Study Pre-College Division, where she was awarded an Artists Diploma in both Piano and Flute, as a piano student of Michael Pollon, a protégé of George Szell, and as a flute student of Chicago-born flutist, Harold Jones.
Having formerly taught at Yale University, Westchester Day School and New Music School of Chicago, Ms Merdinger is currently on faculties of Summit Music Festival in New York, Burgos International Music Festival in Spain, and the Fine Arts Music Society Festival in Indiana. She is also Artistic Director of Sheridan Music Studio of Highland Park, a private music studio and record label based in Illinois.
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