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Piano Spheres: Susan Svrcek
Pictures at Another Exhibition
March 11, 2016 @ 8:00pm

A different look at musical portraiture that is not by Mussorgsky, but by Leo Brouwer.

Pianist Susan Svrcek has established a versatile career that encompasses critically acclaimed solo, chamber, and orchestral appearances in the United States and abroad. A winner of the Concert Artists’ Guild International Competition in New York, she made her debut in Carnegie Recital Hall. She has also had solo engagements from the Boston Museum of Fine Art to Tokyo’s Zero Hall, Art Hall in Seoul, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. She has been a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group. She has been a featured artist on National Public Radio, Bavarian National Radio, and NHK Radio (Japan).

Susan Svrcek is noted for her wide range of repertoire, from Mozart and Beethoven to Xenakis and Boulez. She has achieved mastery in her performances, as noted in the Los Angeles Times, “because she has probed so carefully into, and brought so many facets out of the massive repertory for the solo piano, one comes to her recitals with high expectations, new thrills, rediscovered gems, unknown masterpieces.”  As a founding member of Piano Spheres, Susan Svrcek has premiered works by Joan Huang, Benjamin Lees, Frederick Lesemann, Hyo-shin Na, Jeffrey Holmes, Sean Heim, and Carlos Rafael Rivera. She is an active chamber musician and is the pianist in the Los Angeles Horn Trio with violinist Jacqueline Suzuki and hornist Steven Durnin.

An avid teacher, Dr. Susan Svrcek is in demand to give master classes across the United States, as well as in Japan and Korea. She has served on the piano faculties of Scripps College, Claremont Graduate University, and California State University Fullerton. Currently, she is the chair of the Piano Department at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, where she also coaches chamber music.  Her students perform as soloists, as chamber musicians, and in piano ensembles. They have been accepted to the major music schools in the United States, and many are prize winners in festivals and competitions.  To promote music throughout the community and its school system, she performed in several Los Angeles Philharmonic productions of “Beethoven’s in the House”, an educational program sponsored by Toyota.

Susan Svrcek has recorded for CRI, Cambria, and ORFEO. In 2012, her performance of John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano was released by Centaur.  She holds two degrees from CalArts, a master’s degree from Yale University, and a doctorate from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. 

Susan Svrcek is a Steinway Artist and is under management with McAlister Arts.


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