American Concert Pianist, Steinway Artist, Susan Merdinger

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Exciting News! 

I am pleased to announce that I have signed on to new, exclusive management and representation in Europe by invitation of Vida Art Management. I look forward to returning to Europe for concerts- as soon as things "open up"! 

Second, I am proud to announce my appointment as a Member of the Advisory Board and Artistic Consultant for, a new startup Livestream Media company based in Silicon Valley! My Merdinger's Musings blog will now also be a weekly Livestream on at 2pm CDT every Monday…

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Exciting News!  

I am pleased to announce that my new CD, American Melting Pot, has been honored with two prizes in it's pre-release format! The Clouzine International Music Competition awarded it "Best Classical Album" and The Global Music Awards awarded it a GOLD Medal- only 9 CD's to win that honor in the November 2019 round.

With this kind public recognition, I put the CD into production and the physical CD's will be here in about a week- will update you with more details soon!


Preparing a concerto for performance with orchestra 

As I get ready to perform Brahms' monumental Piano Concerto No.2 on May 5th with the Northbrook Symphony, I figured my fans might want some insight into the process that I go through to prepare a concerto for performance. 

I will tell you first that it is at once a challenge and a pleasure to play a concerto with an orchestra. The Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Santiago Rodriguez once told me backstage after one of his concerts that "concertos are the bread and butter" of a pianist's career. So, what exactly…

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New friends, new music! 

Coming up next week I will perform a new recital program entitled "Four Centuries- Sonatas". At my November 4th recital at the Northbrook Public Library I will present this program with some discussion about what the definition of Sonata is, and what are the common attributes of a sonata or sonata form. The works I will play span four centuries, hence the title. For openers I will start with two Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti- each a little gem! This will be followed by two fairly famous sonatas- Beethoven's…

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