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Hailed for her subtle, personal and virtuoso playing, Susanne Grützmann is one of the leading pianists of her generation.

 

She is a laureate of several international competitions, including the prestigious ARD competition in Munich where she won first prize, the Robert Schumann competition in Zwickau, the Vianna da Motta competition in Lisbon and the Johann Sebastian Bach competition in Leipzig.

 

The scope of her repertoire led her to perform with orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bavarian National Orchestra of Munich, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin German Symphony Orchestra , the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the South West Radio Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra from the Netherlands, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Arcos Orchestra and many others, and with the Heilbronn Chamber Orchestra in Beethoven's cycle of five piano concertos.

 

She has appeared as a soloist with conductors such as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kurt Masur, Sylvain Cambreling, Hartmut Haenchen and Hans Zender and on the biggest stages in Germany and around the world: Herkulessaal Munich, Dresden Semperoper, Stuttgart Liederhalle, House from Beethoven to Bonn, Konzerthaus from Berlin (including a three-part Schumann cycle), Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Frankfurt Alte Oper, MusikHalle from Hamburg, Festspielhaus Baden and the Berlin Film Festival.

 

She has also been invited several times for concerts and master classes in China and Taiwan. As a sought-after chamber musician, she played String Trio Berlin, Quintette Ma'alot and Albert Schweitzer Quintet.

 

Susanne Grützmann records the Préludes op. 28 by Chopin and Symphonic Studies op. 13 by Schumann for Teldec, and by Media Profil (Günter Hänssler edition) Variations Abegg, Butterflies, Davidsbündlertänze, Kreisleriana, Fancy in C major, Arabesque and Blumenstück of the F minor Clarinet, Fantasiestücke op. 12 and 111 of Schumann; as well as Clara Schumann's solo works on four CDs (Editor's Choice of the British Gramophone).  

 

For many years Susanne Grützmann has been teaching young musicians at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music Berlin.