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Susan Starr

Susan Starr 2022 Jury Susan Starr
United States

Internationally renowned for both a brilliant technique and a distinct musical personality, pianist Susan Starr has performed to packed houses and critical acclaim throughout the world since receiving the silver medal in 2nd Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition.

Ms. Starr has appeared in recital and with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras in Russia, Asia, Europe, South America and throughout the United States. Appearances include with the Philadelphia Orchestra on countless occasions, as well as with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony and the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, among numerous others.

The many eminent conductors who have chosen Susan Starr as soloist throughout her career include Eugene Ormandy, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Fiedler, Robert Shaw, Sir Neville Mariner, Otto Werner Mueller, Ghennady Rozhdestvensky, Maxim Shostakovich, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Leonard Slatkin, Joseph Silverstein, Charles Dutoit, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

Ms. Starr began her studies in Philadelphia with Eleanor Sokoloff at age four. She made her performance debut at the age of six with the Philadelphia Orchestra.  At seven, she entered the prestigious Curtis Institute continuing her studies with Sokoloff.  At 15, she became a student of Rudolf Serkin until her graduation. Susan Starr continues to be in great demand as a judge in both national and international piano competitions and continues to offer master classes throughout the world, and teaches privately at her studio in Philadelphia.