Susan Merdinger


American Steinway Artist, Susan Merdinger has been internationally acclaimed in prestigious newspapers and journals for her concert performances and CD recordings.  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. Performing her sold-out solo piano recital debut in Carnegie Recital Hall at age twenty-four, Merdinger has continued to grace the stages of some of the world’s best concert halls, including Chicago Symphony Center, Scottish National Orchestre Center, Diligentia Hall, the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, the Howard Brubeck Theatre (CA), and Merkin Concert Hall. With over thirty solo and duo piano concerti in her repertoire, Merdinger has soloed under many distinguished conductors with numerous national and international orchestras, such as the Chicago Philharmonic, State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico Highland Park Strings, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, and Northbrook Symphony, and has been a frequent Visiting Artist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In chamber music concerts Merdinger has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the BBC Philharmonic. She has performed on Live from WFMT, The Listening Room on WQXR, and on BBC TV (UK) and BRT-3 (Belgium).  Merdinger is a winner of The Dewar’s Young Artist Award in Music, two Gold Medals in the Global Music Awards, Artists International Young Musicians Competition and Distinguished Alumni Awards, The American Prize in Piano Concerto Performance (Lorin Hollander Award), and two First Prizes in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. A graduate of Yale University and the Yale School of Music, Ms. Merdinger is the Founder and Artistic Director of Sheridan Music Studio in Fort Sheridan, and two video podcasts, Merdinger’s Musings and Steinway Sundays with Susan and Svetlana. She currently serves as an Artistic Advisor for IN.LIVE, a live-streaming company based out of Silicon Valley. Ms. Merdinger was a Baldwin Artist from 1988- 2012, and was invited to become a Steinway Artist in 2012.