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!


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Strike- MY OPINION 

As the CSO Strike continues to weigh on the musicians of the CSO, the Chicago Classical Music community and Classical Music lovers around the world, I have been reading with great interest a lot of commentary on the situation at hand. I have noted a gradual shifting away of support from the musicians towards the management. and a general lack of patience with this process.

I want to go on record as saying that I am 100% in support of the CSO Musicians, even as I can rationally agree with some of the points…

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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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Perfect Pianissimo: Jeremy Denk in Recital At Symphony Center 

Sunday afternoon proved to be a challenging time to give a piano recital- a glorious, beautiful day, following a week of the most historic and tumultuous Presidential Election in recent times. Jeremy Denk's recital proved to be at times challenge for both him and the audience, with varying degrees of success. Denk presented a most interesting and engaging recital program, of choice standard repertoire more memorably complemented by some unusual fare.

His program opened with the famous Mozart Sonata in A…Read more

A new facet to my music career- Music Journalism! 

Dear Friends,
I invite you to read the marvelous Music Review Column by Phil Muse, the long-standing reviewer for the Audio-Video Club of Atlanta. Phil has invited me to take over his role as reviewer for the AVCOA, starting in November, and as such, I have written to sample reviews for his August column, which I am re-posting here, by mutual agreement!
I hope you enjoy reading these reviews and listening to these newly released CD's! 

“Colors,” music of Vitali, Janáček, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Debussy – Jessica…

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A lot is happening! 

Looking forward to offering a Chopin Mazurka Masterclass to the Chicago Amateur Piano Guild this Saturday! I've been working on the Mazurka's and finding such joy in the creative spark that Chopin displayed in this stylized dance form native to his homeland- Poland. I cannot wait to listen to the passionately dedicated adult pianists who are in a quest for "piano perfection". Does this "perfection" ever exist? Not a chance...not for any true professional nor amateur. That is the fate of being a musician-…Read more

Reflections on making a violin and piano CD recording... 

Yesterday was Day 1 of my recording session with the German-born violinist, David Yonan. This recording will be our first studio recording together, although we have performed together in so many concerts I have lost count. While I have made numerous duo piano recordings with my husband, Steven Greene, and have played many chamber music concerts which have been recorded live, this CD will represent the first recording of a piano and "other instrument" I have ever made. So I thought it would be interesting…Read more

My new mantra to my students: Look, Listen, Love.... 

This past week of teaching brought to the fore my latest advice in alliterative form- therefore, easy to remember. While teaching one 13 year old prodigy student, who seemed to be having some difficulty digesting the music, I realized that what was lacking in his approach was some relatively basic, fundamental processes that are necessary to bring a 2-dimensional page with black dots and lines all over it to life as a real piece of music.
The first directive is- "Look"- that is to actually study the score…Read more

Reflections on the future of Classical music...from a love, life and death perspective. 

Being a professional musician requires a great deal of sensitivity and high emotional IQ,  no doubt. No greater test of one's ability to control one's emotions in a performance occurs when one is called upon to play at a wedding, funeral or memorial service. Early in my career, I played a ton of wedding gigs. I didn't like it much, and resented often being  simply "background" music. However, over the years I have come to realize that weddings and funerals present a similar intensity of emotion- from the…

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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...  

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