A performance by the National and Michigan Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Piano Award Winner opens Monday Musical’s 2016/2017 season on Monday, October 3rd, 6:30 PM, at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI. Nicholas Susi will present a piano recital featuring works by Domenico Scarlatti, Gioachino Rossini, Franz Liszt, Erik Satie, and Luciano Berio. The public is invited to attend this exceptional program.
Nicholas Susi has performed extensively as recitalist, soloist, and accompanist across the United States and Europe. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he continued his piano studies at the University of Kansas (B.M. Piano, minor in German), the University of Michigan (M.M. Piano), and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln as a two-time DAAD grantee. Primary teachers include Zena Ilyashov, Jack Winerock, Zitta Zohar, Arthur Greene, and Nina Tichman. Nicholas is currently based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he is studying with Arthur Greene as he completes work on his doctorate at the University of Michigan.
Recent performance highlights include two concerts for the Princess von Hohenzollern at her castle in Namedy, Germany, his performance at the TivoliVrendenburg in Utrecht, The Netherlands during the semifinals of the 2014 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, and 2nd place at the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition. Past recognitions also include 1st prize at the international 2013 Klavierfestival Rösrath competition, 2nd prize at the 2009 King Award for Young Artists Competition, 1st prize in the 2008 Spire Piano Competition, 1st prize in the University of Kansas’s Mary O. Fearing Competition, and numerous scholarships and grants for musical study. Nicholas was the 2009 winner of the Eleanor B. Weiler & Mildred B. Frame grant from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, which funded his travel, study, and performance of Debussy’s piano music at the Cité Universitaire de Paris. Other noteworthy appearances include Klavierfestival Ruhr, a concert tour of the Niederrhein region of Germany, concerto solos with the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, Orchester der Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Omaha Symphony, Wiener Residenz Orchester, St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, as well as masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, and Vladimir Feltsman. Summer music festivals have enabled him to study and perform in Canada, France, Italy, and Austria.