Meet The Performers

Visiting Artist

Susan Merdinger

Performances by internationally-acclaimed Steinway Artist, Susan Merdinger, have been hailed as  “Exhilarating” and “Tender and impassioned” by the Glasgow Herald and “Breathtaking” and by the prestigious Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung. Among her many honors, 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”, and the 2009 Masterplayers International Music Competition. As the Merdinger-Greene Duo Piano Team with her husband Steven Greene, she won First Prize in the 2013 International Music Competition of France and was the First Prize winner of the Westchester Conservatory Chamber Music Competition and a Semi-Finalist in the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition.

With a vast repertoire spanning three centuries, Merdinger has toured Europe under the auspices of the International Concert Administration Foundation and performs as a soloist with orchestras, recitalist, duo pianist, and as a collaborative pianist with distinguished principal members of the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, including Charlie Pikler, Jonathan Spitz, Eric Weirich, Harry Zaratzian. With a concerto repertoire of approximately thirty solo and duo piano concerti, she has soloed under distinguished conductors such as Glenn Cortese, Sandra Dackow, Ari Rudiakov, Ron Arden, Anatol Lysenka, Marvin von Deck, and Barry Hoffman, with the Rockland Symphony, Yonkers Symphony, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, Ridgewood Symhpony, North Suburban Symphony, and others.  As 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. 

Ms. Merdinger will make her Chicago Orchestral Debut at Harris Theater on June 14, 2013 with The Chicago Philharmonic under the direction of distinguished Italian Conductor Mattia Rondelli, performing works by Gottschalk and Gershwin.

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, 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. 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.  Merdinger’s discography includes releases of solo piano, duo piano and chamber music CD’s on the Sheridan Music Studio label - all available on iTunes, 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. Having formerly taught at Yale University and Westchester Day School, Ms. Merdinger is currently 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 Music Society Festival in Indiana, and she maintains a private studio in Highland Park, Illinois.

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