Suzana Bartal

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Suzana Bartal is one of the upcoming piano talents of the young generation. This year's performances have taken her to such prestigious venues as the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, the Salle Pleyel and Radio France in Paris and Merkin Hall in New York and her appearances have been captured by France Musique. Other highlights of the past months include a Germany tour with violist Mariko Hara as part of the series "Best of NRW". Their duo has been hailed as "brilliant, facettenreich und virtuos" and was recorded by the West Deutscher Rundfunk. Suzana's playing has been described as having a "pearly touch and of absolute precision" by the Bonner Anzeiger.

In 2013, Suzana Bartal has become the winner of the New York Concert Artists Concerto Competition and has made her NYC debut with orchestra in the past season. She was also the winner of the 2012 Woolsey Concerto Competition allowing her to perform under the baton of Peter Oundjian. Previously, she has become a finalist of the Campillos International Piano Competition in Spain (2010), the winner of the Agropoli "Le Muse" Competition in Italy (2007) as well as of the Concours International d'Ile de France (2006).  She has been selected to play on an Italy tour of the Slovakian orchestra Kysucka.                                          

A recipient of the prestigious scholarship from the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, Suzana has also been supported by the Fondation Nadia et Lili Boulanger, the ADAMI and the Williamson Foundation.

Suzana's wide range of repertoire reaches from solo works and concertos to chamber music works, all of which she actively and passionately performs. She has given concerts all around the world: in Germany, Holland, Italy, Hungary, UK, Belgium, France and Romania as well as the US and China. Her performances have been captured by French, German, Hungarian and Romanian radio and television channels. Outstanding events of the past seasons have included a solo recital at the Musée d'Orsay on the 100th anniversary of Olivier Messiaen's birth (2008), as well as a recital as part of the "Génération Jeunes Talents" at Radio France (2010).

Suzana is also an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music and has worked with some of the most significant composers of our day, such as Thomas Adès and Eric Tanguy.

Born in 1986 in Timi┼čoara (Romania) into a Hungarian family, pianist Suzana Bartal started her musical education in her hometown. Only three years later she became a winner of national and international competitions and gave her first solo recital at the age of 12 and had her first concerto apparition at the age of 13. In 2005 she decided to move to France where she studied with Denis Pascal, Pierre Pontier and Florent Boffard in Paris and in Lyon at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. Between 2011 and 2014, Suzana has perfected her skills at the Yale School of Music under the guidance of Peter Frankl. She is currently a candidate for a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Yale and has received the Harriet Gibbs Memorial Prize for excellency in studies from Yale. In 2013 – 2014 Suzana has been at Teaching Fellow at the Yale College.

Many distinguished artists have influenced Suzana's musical and artistic development, such as: András Schiff, Leon Fleisher, Paul Lewis, Menahem Pressler, Jean-Claude Pennetier or Matti Raekallio, as well as the Ysaÿe Quartet, the Tokyo String Quartet or the Emerson Quartet. She has been invited to take part in the very selective International Musician's Seminar in Prussia Cove (UK).

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2014-10-21 Bonner Anzeiger, Bonn
""Bartal spielte (...) mit perlendem Anschlag und absoluter Praezision.""
(Guido Krawinkel)
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