American Concert Pianist, Steinway Artist, Susan Merdinger

Welcome to the Exciting World of American Concert Pianist: Susan Merdinger

The Prize-Winning American Pianist and Steinway Artist, Susan Merdinger, presents a wide range of recital and concert programs in venues both large and small.
With programs such as Latin-American Flair,  American Honor,  The Classical Style, and The Virtuoso Pianist, Susan brings charm, eloquence and hair-raising virtuosity to the stage.
Internationally acclaimed, Ms. Merdinger has appeared as a soloist in major concert halls in the USA, Europe and Canada, and has soloed with numerous orchestras and distinguished conductors.
A gifted speaker, teacher, and humanitarian, Ms. Merdinger is also available for Lecture-Recitals, Outreach Concerts, Masterclasses and Fundraising Events, and can create and perform a program or concert guaranteed to please any audience.

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Merdinger's Musings

On the meaning of Freedom, Forgiveness, Responsibility and Respect 

As the Springtime is upon us, a new sense of freedom and lightness and gaiety pervades. Hope, renewed energy, sunlight, and more! But what is the real meaning of Freedom? Is freedom simply the opposite of slavery in the most literal sense of the words? Or is there something more to freedom than that? I think true freedom means different things to different people. To me, freedom means being able to be who you are, being able to do what you were meant to do, being able to be  truthful to oneself and to… Read more

The Making of a Musician... 

It's been quite a week here in the Merdinger-Greene household! Our eldest daughter, mezzo-soprano Stefanie Greene, performed her Masters of Music Degree recital on March 19th at North Park University, performing works by Verdi, Strauss, Heggie, and Berlioz. Our middle daughter, Sarah Greene, appeared on the FOX TV show, Final series and season episode of Glee! and our son, Scott Greene, aka Megaphonix, has newly released tracks on Beatport! Husband Steve Greene did accompanying for young artists in solo and… Read more

Some like it hot, some like it cold... 

At this point in my career, as a performer and teacher, I am trying to decide which is better or worse for performing musicians- extreme cold or extreme heat? I am also wondering what are the best solutions for dealing with either extreme condition? Even though we generally are sheltered from the outside elements, one cannot escape the feeling of coldness and drafts in the Winter or the excessive humidity and oppressive heat in the Summer. And there are the summer festivals which of course do require… Read more

On "winning" and "losing"... pre-reflections on the Grammy Awards! 

So this is the weekend of the Grammy Awards. It was my second year as a voting member of NARAS, and I had two entries- my Soiree Solo Piano CD, and French Fantasy, A Piano Duet CD, recorded with my husband, Steven Greene. I cannot tell you how much I would have loved a nomination- as did so many other musicians like myself- both famous, and not-so-famous, signed with big labels, or indies.. All during this process of promotion and networking and hoping to garner votes and support for my entires yielded some… Read more

On learning new, contemporary music... Podcast

In about a month i will premiere a totally new work by Uruguayan-American, Chicago-based composer, Elbio Barilari. Elbio and I have have a wonderful working relationship- I premiered his Toccata Gaucha in 2012, and also performed hi Darwin's Dream Trio on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series in 2012. Last year, he invited me to perform a solo recital on his Latino Music Festival at the Pianoforte Salon in downtown Chicago, and numerous times at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he is… Read more

Happy New Year 2015! 

Introducing a new look for this website, and getting ready for some exciting concerts coming up in March and April. First a Live Broadcast on WFMT on March 5th and then a major chamber music concert on the CSO Chamber Music Series on March 22nd. April brings two performances at the FOCUS on the ARTS Festival in Highland Park, and before you know it, I will be back at my summer music home- Summit Music Festival! 
Look out for an announcement of an exciting new project on a very grand scale that I have… Read more

Preparing for final concerts and festivities of 2013! 

What a busy season it is! Parties, concerts, fundraisers, open houses....particularly busy if one is the one playing the concerts!
While the season for gratitude and thanksgiving begins on Thanksgiving, it doesn't end there! We all hope and pray for another New Year- with good health, prosperity, and contentment.

For those of you in the Chicago area- come here me perform on Sunday December 15th at 2pm at the Northbrook Public Library in a chamber music program entitled "Homage to Beethoven"- featuring three… Read more

Birthday Concert! 

As it turns out, almost every single year of my life I end up giving a concert on or within a day or two of my Birthday!
And this year is no different!
Please come help me celebrate next week with my performance on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra All-Access Chamber Music Series at the Symphony Center's Buntrock Hall, Wednesday October 30, 2013 at 6:30pm.
The program is Mozart and Bruckner- and I will be performing the Mozart Piano Quartet no. 1 in g minor, with Hermine Gagne, violin, Charlie Pikler, viola, and… Read more

Grammy Awards Voting Season has begun: First Round Deadline Approaches 

With the creation of my own record label, Sheridan Music Studio, this is my first time ever with my recorded CD's entered in the Grammy's, and you cannot imagine how excited I am to be a part of it. Not just to be entered in it, but to be a voting member of the NARAS. ( NAtional Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). I have spent a great deal of time listening and evaluating submissions for the Grammy Awards, and I am simply humbled by how many phenomenal musicians there are that exist on this planet! SO… Read more
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Soireé CD- Click to buy now!

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"Virtuoso, Refined, Statuesque" Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Sentinel

French Fantasy- Buy now!

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French Fantasy Wins Gold Medal Award in the 2014 Global Music Awards!

Carnival CD- Buy now!

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"Schumann playing of eloquent expression and exquisite beauty"

Jerry Dubins, Fanfare Magazine

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