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Zubin Mehta: "Susanna Artzt played with me Saint-Saens’ 2. Piano Concerto  in Munich with true virtuosity. I am convinced she has a great career ahead."  Nelson Freire: “I’ve just heard pianist Susanna Artzt and have been absolutely  impressed by her playing! I wish others would have the opportunity to hear  this such a promising artist! I am sure they will agree with me.”  WAZ, Germany: “A Star in the sky - The young pianist Susanna Artzt stood  out brilliantly: The artist performed Mozart’s piano concerto in C-major, KV  503 brilliantly and in a wonderful balance with the orchestra. Highly sensitive,  with a radiant richness of tone and a soulful lightness.”  Die Presse, Vienna: “Enchanting piano pearls – Susanna Artzt, pianist,  enchanted in the Brahmssaal of the Vienna’s Musikverein”  ___________________________________________________________________  The Viennese pianist Susanna Artzt comes from a multicultural family. In early  childhood she already displayed prodigious musical talent.  At the age of 15 she was admitted to Zagreb Music Academy as the youngest  student in the class of Vladimir Krpan, who himself had been a pupil of Arturo  Benedetti Michelangeli. Three years later she completed her studies,  graduating "with distinction". At the age of 17 she made her highly acclaimed  orchestral debut,performing Bruno Bjelinski's piano concerto with the Zagreb  Symphony Orchestra.   Paul Badura-Skoda, who described her as an "exceptionally gifted  pianist", invited her when she was 16 to attend his class at the University  of Music in Vienna. She completed her studies there as a Magistra Artium  under Michael Krist, before further perfecting her pianism during  postgraduate studies with Peter Efler. She also worked with other eminent  pianists such as Jacob Lateiner, Murray Perahia, Rudolf Kehrer and Evgenij  Timakin in a number of master classes. During her studies Susanna Artzt was  a prize winner several times in international piano competitions. All three of her solo CDs have brought her high critical acclaim  internationally. Piano News named her debut CD with pieces by Debussy,  Scriabin and Lili Boulanger the best classic CD in two months. Her second  solo CD "La Valse", released on Gramola Vienna, presents the world premiere  recordings of the complete Six Polonaises mélancoliques by Franz Xaver  Mozart as well as Franz Schreker's Two Waltz-Impromptus.  Susanna Artzt has performed at the Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna  Konzerthaus, the Prinzregententheater in Munich, Lisinski Hall in Zagreb,  Bratislava Philharmonia as well as at concert halls in London, New York,  Pittsburgh, Mumbai and Cologne among others. She has been invited to play  at the festivals Klangbogen Wien, Biennale Zagreb–World Music Days,  Heidelberger Frühling, Weilburger Schlosskonzerte, Chopin Festival Gaming,  Contemporary Music Weeks in Bucharest and has made radio and TV  recordings for ORF, WDR, BR, RAI and HRT.   Her concerts with orchestra are highly acclaimed, like the Concerto in G  minor by Camille Saint-Saens, which the pianist performed with  outstanding success in the Prinzregententheater in Munich, invited by and  under the direction of Zubin Mehta. After the concert Zubin Mehta wrote:  "Susanna Artzt played with me Saint-Saens' 2nd Piano Concerto with true  virtuosity. I am convinced she has a great career ahead." Shortly afterwards  Susanna Artzt made her debut in New York, where she gave the American  premiere of the Waltz-Impromptus op. 9 by Franz Schreker. While solo performances are at the centre of her active artistic life, Susanna  Artzt also plays chamber music with sought-after partners such as the  violinist Carolin Widmann, the cellists Othmar Müller (Artis Quartett) and  Christophe Pantillon (Aron-Quartett) and with members of the Vienna  Philharmonic Orchestra, e.g. the principal cellist Tamás Varga or the principal  double-bass player Ödön Racz. She has also worked with actors Karl  Markovics, Dorothee Hartinger and Michael König. She and her husband, the Viennese pianist Manfred Wagner-Artzt, have  performed as the Arsio Piano Duo with great success since 1998. The Irish  composer John McLachlan dedicated his piano duo piece Radical Roots to  the Arsio Piano Duo. Together they have also recorded Claude Debussy's  complete works for piano duo for the German broadcaster WDR.  Susanna Artzt's wide repertoire ranges from the Baroque to contemporary  music. A particular interest of hers is the rediscovery of unknown treasures  and the affectionate revival of forgotten delights. She devotes special  attention to the French Impressionists as well as to Mozart, Chopin and  Scriabin. The pianist's third solo CD, dedicated to the oeuvre of Wolfgang  Amadeus Mozart, was released in 2014 and promptly received  excellent reviews in Austria and abroad.