Suzanne Teng, M. Mus., is a flutist, percussionist, dancer, composer, teacher and recording artist from Berkeley, California. She has a master’s degree in music from Boston University’s School for the Arts and has studied with some of the finest flute teachers in the world. She is an award winning classical musician who, after traveling adventures across the globe, furthered her graduate studies at UCLA’s Department of Ethnomusicology, where she completed the coursework for the Ph.D. focusing on music and healing. She is an active performer and recording artist in Los Angeles and is the winner of the 2006 IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) - Instrumental Category, and the Independent Music Awards Best New Age Artist for 2005 and 2001. Her contemporary world music band Suzanne Teng & Mystic Journey was named a HOT 100 by Music Connection Magazine for 2003 and 2004. The band features Teng on an assortment of wind instruments from around the world and her partner Gilbert Levy on world percussion with their band mates playing an array of ethnic stringed instruments.
Suzanne's critically acclaimed recordings Miles Beyond and Mystic Journey feature her distinctive instrumental compositions and have received numerous award nominations including the Just Plain Folks Awards 2004 Best Instrumental Album (finalist), a candidacy for a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Age Album (2000), and New Age Voice Magazine’s Best Acoustic Instrumental Album and Best Contemporary World Music Album (finalist). They are listed on the UK Top Albums in New Age, appear on numerous publication and radio "Top albums of the Year" lists including the Public Radio International nationally syndicated show "Echoes," and are listed by Amazon.com among the Most Requested New Age albums on the Radio. Billboard Magazine wrote "Sensual and Serene…Mystic Journey is an impressive solo debut."
Known for creating heartfelt and healing music, Al Martinez of the Los Angeles Times claims "Suzanne Teng plays music for the soul." She recently created a 60-minute CD titled "Healing Sounds" for Genentech, Inc. to distribute to 10,000 cancer patients and has composed music for yoga and acupuncture videos including works for well-known yogis Gurmukh and Ana Forrest. The Los Angeles Times wrote that Suzanne's music for the critically acclaimed play Caterpillar Soup "adds a spiritual quality to the production." She has performed her flute meditations at numerous major events with spiritual leaders and writers such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Mathew Whyte, and Amachi, as well as for top corporate leaders of Mexico and the US and numerous heads of state, including Henry Kissinger. She has also been a featured performer at the National Flute Association Conventions three times. She performs in concerts, festivals, and dance/yoga events internationally as a soloist as well as with her world music band Mystic Journey. They were featured performers at His Holiness the Dala Lama’s World Festival of Sacred Music and have represented the United States at International festivals in Mexico, Canada and Singapore.
Called a "brilliant flutist" by the Los Angeles Times, she has worked with a wide variety of artists and ensembles including the Boston Philharmonic, Los Angeles Pops Orchestra, Tito Puente, Kenny Loggins, Babatundi Olatunji, Airto and Flora Purim, and The Dramatics.
Suzanne has performed on hundreds of recordings for Polygram, Warner Brothers, Windham Hill, BMG, Shanachi, Scottie Brothers, and numerous independent labels. Select film, television and commercial performance credits include Kleenex, Boston Legal, Pepsi, Johnnie Walker, California Tan, Murder, She Wrote, Big Bully (Tom Arnold), Separate Lives (Jim Belushi, Linda Hamilton), Baby (Farrah Fawcett), Green Dragon (Patrick Swayze, Forest Whitaker), The Grey Zone, The Kid Stays in the Picture (Robert Evans), Ice Bound (Susan Sarandon), numerous independent and foreign films, commercials for India, Germany, Korea and Mexico, an Environmental PSA with music by Hans Zimmer and video games such as MYST. She has appeared on national television, including a musical performance on the Survivor II final episode which was viewed by over 40 million people. Her music has been heard on countless radio programs worldwide (ranking #3 on the New Age charts) and she has been featured live on Public Radio International three times.
She is an endorsed artist for Yamaha, AKG and High Spirit Flutes and is a popular teacher, having taught flute, percussion and world music to thousands of students at schools, colleges, camps and workshops throughout the country. She co-facilitates retreats, guiding music circles, most recently in Hawaii and Guatemala. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years, loves traveling, gardening, and hiking and has summitted 19,000’ peaks in the Himalayas. She lives in Topanga with her husband Gilbert Levy and their son Miles.