Recorded at the Fred Plaut Recording Studio in Sprague Hall at Yale University School of Music, New Haven, Connecticut from 1983-1984.
Recording Engineer: Eugene Kimball
Steinway D Piano
A Note from the Artist:
On the occassion of my 50th Birthday, I decided to take stock of what I had
accomplished in my professional career. It became apparent that I had, in fact,
recorded a great deal of piano repertoire, but nobody really knew about these
recordings or had access to them - including myself! My goal was to locate my original
Master Recordings, stored at my Parent's home for these past 30 years, have them
transferred and restored, and then issue them on CD's and online, as they might have
been long ago, had digital and internet technology been available at the time I recorded
this beautiful repertoire. And this CD represents only a portion of what I recorded during
my time at Yale from 1980-1985! Several classical sonatas have already been re-mastered
and re-issued on my CD "The Classical Style".
Please keep in mind that this is my artistic work product as a 21- year old
Yale University Music student with a limited budget, dealing with the considerable
challenges of magnetic tape recording and editing. As a result, there are only a very
few splices, which I believe contributes to the authenticity of my performance ability,
and which also yields a more coherent musical interpretation. Three of the tracks on
this CD also happen to be live recordings from some of my concerts at Yale.
I am grateful to Brian Lipsky at SoundLab - CDBaby and my Son, Scott Greene,
for their technological expertise and re-mastering of these recordings.
As I embark on releasing brand new recordings which I have recently digitally recorded
in the 21st century, I felt it would be a good idea to publicly document what I sounded like
when I was a "Young Artist". Just as a fine red wine must start with exceptional grapes,
I therefore hope that there will be some enjoyment derived from listening to these youthful
fruits of my labor!
For me, making music was and always will be be a true labor of love and one
of the greatest joys in my life, which I hope to share with as many music lovers as possible.
Internationally acclaimed pianist and Steinway Artist, Susan Merdinger, is a First Prize Winner of the 2012 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and 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”, the 2009 Masterplayers International Music Competition. Merdinger performs as a soloist with orchestras and as a collaborative pianist with principal members of the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is a Guest Artist on the CSO Chamber Music Series at the Art Institute. She has appeared live on WQXR, WFMT, Connecticut Public Radio, Belgian National Radio, BBC Television and in major concert halls such as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, 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. A strong advocate for new music, Merdinger has premiered and promoted the works of many contemporary composers such as Morton Gould, Ilya Levinson, Elbio Barilari, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Augusta Read Thomas. She has soloed under distinguished conductors such as Glenn Cortese, Sandra Dackow, Ari Rudiakov, Ron Arden, Anatol Lysenka, Marvin von Deck, and Barry Hoffman. Ms. Merdinger served as Music Director for the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, NJ, and is also the Founder and Music Director for Sheridan Solisti. Merdinger received her formal education at 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. Her teachers have included such luminaries as Constance Keene, Claude Frank, Ward Davenny, Ozan Marsh and Gaby Casadesus. Ms. Merdinger is on the Piano Faculties of the New Music School of Chicago, Summit Music Festival in New York, Burgos International Music Festival in Spain, and the Fine Arts Society Music Festival in Indiana.