Suzana Bartal, pianist
Suzana Bartal establishes herself as one of the exciting talents of her generation. Winner of the New York Concert Artists Concerto Competition in 2013, her playing has been hailed as “brilliant, full of shades and virtuosic” by the Bonner Anzeiger. Recent performances have taken her to prestigious venues such as the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Salle Pleyel and Radio France in Paris, Merkin Hall in New York as well as Milton Court in London and she has made recordings on France Musique and the WDR (West Deutscher Rundfunk). Highlights include concerts at the Auditorium Musée d’Orsay, the Festival “Classique au Vert” in Paris, the Palazetto Bru Zane in Venise, the Kaposvar Chamber Music Festival (Hungary), Schloss Elmau, the Festival de Pâques Aix-en-Provence, the Festival de l’Epau, the Rencontres Musicales Evian, the Festival Berlioz, the Festival de Besançon, the Vichy Opera and the Turku Music Festival (Finland).
In 2018, Suzana Bartal performed on several occasions the complete Liszt Années de pèlerinage in three concerts on the same day, performance that has received praiseful reviews. The same year she opened the season of the Orchestre Avignon Provence with the Second Concerto by Brahms under the baton of Samuel Jean.
Her first album with solo works by Schumann has been released in March 2016 by Paraty (Harmonia Mundi distribution) and has been warmly received by the critics.
Highlights of the 2019-2020 season include her debut at the Philharmonie de Paris performing the Grieg Concerto, a recital at the Auditorium of the Musée du Louvre, concerts in many European countries, as well as in the US and China, as well as the release of her recording of the complete Liszt Années de pèlerinage on the label Naïve.
Extremely active as a chamber musician, Suzana has performed with outstanding players, such as violinist Josef Spacek, Kristóf Baráti, Alina Pogostkina, Rosanne Philippens, Alexandra Conunova, violist Lise Berthaud, cellists Henri Demarquette, Benedict Klöckner, István Várdai and Claudio Bohorquez.
Born in Timişoara (Romania) into a Hungarian family, Suzana Bartal started her musical education in her hometown. Starting 2005 she resumed her studies in France with Denis Pascal, Pierre Pontier and Florent Boffard in Paris and in Lyon at the CNSMD and between 2011 - 2014 at the Yale School of Music with Peter Frankl. She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2018 from the Yale School of Music and has received the Harriet Gibbs Memorial Prize for excellency in studies from Yale. In 2013 – 2014 Suzana has been a Teaching Fellow at the Yale College.
Many distinguished artists have influenced Suzana’s musical and artistic development, such as: Sir András Schiff, Leon Fleisher, Paul Lewis, Menahem Pressler, Jean-Claude Pennetier or Matti Raekallio.