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Susan Svrček


Dr. Susan Svrček 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 soloist with the Pasadena and Long Beach Symphonies, among others, 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).

As a founding member of Piano Spheres, Dr. Svrček has premiered works by Joan Huang, Benjamin Lees, Frederick Lesemann, Hyo-shin Na, Jeffrey Holmes, and Sean Heim. She 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.”

An avid teacher, Dr. Svrček is in demand to give master classes across the U.S., 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 Artist Faculty 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 prizewinners in festivals and competitions. To promote music throughout the community and its school system,

Dr. Svrček performed in several Los Angeles Philharmonic productions of “Beethoven’s in the House”, an educational program sponsored by Toyota.
Dr. Svrček has recorded for CRI, Cambria, and ORFEO. Her performance of John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes has been 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. Dr. Susan Svrček is a Steinway Artist.

We like the beautiful and don’t like the ugly; therefore, what we like is beautiful, and what we don’t like is ugly – and hence we are glad the beautiful is not ugly, for if it were, we would like something we don’t like. – from Ives’ Essays Before a Sonata
from Ives’ Essays Before a Sonata​​