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Performances by internationally acclaimed pianist and Steinway Artist, Susan Merdinger, have been hailed as  “Exhilarating” by the Glasgow Herald and “Breathtaking” and by the prestigious Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 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”, the 2009 Masterplayers International Music Competition.  Merdinger performs as a soloist with orchestras and as a collaborative pianist with principal members of the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is a Guest Artist on the CSO Chamber Music Series at the Art Institute. She has appeared live on WQXR, WFMT, Connecticut Public Radio, Belgian National Radio, BBC Television and 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. Merdinger has released several solo piano and chamber music CD’s - all available on iTunes, Amazon. A strong advocate for new music, Merdinger has premiered and promoted the works of many  contemporary composers such as Morton Gould, Ilya Levinson, Elbio Barilari, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Augusta Read Thomas. She has soloed under distinguished conductors such as Glenn Cortese, Sandra Dackow, Ari Rudiakov, Ron Arden, Anatol Lysenka, Marvin von Deck, and Barry Hoffman. Ms. Merdinger served as Music Director for the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, NJ, and is also the Founder and Music Director for Sheridan Solisti. Merdinger received her formal education at 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. Her teachers have included such luminaries as Constance Keene, Claude Frank, Ward Davenny, Ozan Marsh and Gaby Casadesus. Ms. Merdinger is 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 Society Music Festival in Indiana.

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