Suzana Bartal establishes herself as one of the upcoming talents of her generation. 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 Deurscher Rundfunk). Highlights include concerts at the Opéra de Vichy, the Festival “Classique au Vert” in Paris, the Palazetto Bru Zane in Venise, the Kaposvar Chamber Music Festival and Schloss Elmau.
This season, Suzana is invited at the Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence, the Evian Festival, the Besançon Festival, the Berlioz Festival and the Turku Music Festival (Finland), among others.
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. The recording was « Coup de coeur » on Radio France Internationale and Bertrand Boissard wrote in the magazine Diapason : “The depth of her touch combines with the richness of the textures (…) the playing is characterized by its softness, seduces by its plasticity (..) assuredly, a musician.”
In January 2015, Suzana made her triumphal debut with the Orchestre Avignon-Province in the Grieg Concerto under the baton of Wolfgang Doerner, as she stepped in very last minute for pianist Marie-Josèphe Jude. Her performance has received critical acclaim: “As soon as she lays her hands on the keyboard, the artist sets up a strongly marked personality. Her touch is sure, she shows perfect technique and plays with absolute simplicity pages of great complexity. Her sound is powerful and luminous (…)” – Le Marseillais.
Suzana Bartal has become the winner of the New York Concert Artists Concerto Competition in 2013 and has made her NYC debut with orchestra in 2014. 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, Spain, Hungary, UK, Belgium, France and Romania as well as the US, China and Japan. 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) and several appearances in the series “Génération Jeunes Interprètes” at Radio France.
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. She performed the world premiere of Tanguy’s “Rhapsodie” for viola and piano with Lise Berthaud at the Festival de Pâques Aix-en-Provence. This premiere was described as being of a “jubilatory virtuosity” by Thierry Hillériteau (Le Figaro).
Extremely active as a chamber musician, Suzana has performed with violinists Kristóf Baráti, Josef Spacek, Alina Pogostkina, Rosanne Philippens, Alexandra Soumm, Mayu Kishima, Déborah Nemtanu, Guillaume Sutre, violists Lise Berthaud, Adrien Boisseau and Manuel Vioque-Judde, cellists Henri Demarquette, István Várdai, Benedict Klöckner, Claudio Bohorquez and Aurélien Pascal, clarinetist Pierre Génisson, singers Karen Vourc’h and Delphine Haidan as well as the Quatuor Zaïde and musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Born in 1986 in Timişoara (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 CNSMD. Between 2011 and 2014, Suzana has perfected her skills at the Yale School of Music under the guidance of Peter Frankl. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Yale and was awarded the Harriet Gibbs Memorial Prize for excellency in studies. 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: 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).