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About the Musicians

Susan Alexander-Max

A finalist in the International Bach Competition, New York City native Susan Alexander-Max is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music. On completing her studies there, she won a scholarship to study with Ilona Kabos in London, where she now resides. She has performed in festivals, museums and galleries, and educational institutions throughout the world.

Highlights of Susan’s performances include some of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, including the Cheltenham International Festival of Music; Queen’s Festival of Early Music, Belfast; the English Haydn Festival; the Haydn Festival, Eisenstadt, Austria; the Vleeshuis Museum, Antwerp and the Prague Spring International Festival of Music. A frequent guest artist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, she can be heard regularly in the major London venues.

Featured as concerto soloist, recital soloist and chamber musician, she gave the première performances of the Piano Quartet by Russian composer Leonid Feygin;  Figures and Tetrapteron by Swiss composer Jean-Jacques Dünki; January 1795, Spring, Stanzas for Music and So We’ll Go No More a Roving by Rachel Stott of the UK; and Eduardova Rides the Tram by the New Zealand composer, Glenda Keam.

Both Susan's recordings, of Chamber Music by Hummel, and Early Piano Sonatas by Clementi, received outstanding reviews internationally. Forthcoming recordings include more Chamber Music by Hummel, more Clementi Sonatas, and the complete keyboard works of Domenico Zipoli, recorded at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She has been presented on American and European radio and television including Radio BRTN, Belgium, NPR, XMRadio, WCAL and WYNC–TV, USA, Hessian Broadcast – HR Classical period radio, Germany, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Scotland.

In 1996 she founded the world renowned chamber ensemble, The Music Collection, specializing in music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, performed solely on period instruments.

For many years a professor at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Susan now gives lecture-recitals, workshops and master classes on fortepiano and clavichord. She has been invited to teach in music schools and universities worldwide: Queen’s University, Belfast, the Universities of North & South Carolina, USA, Sheffield University, UK, Wells Cathedral School, UK, the Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff and the Juilliard School of Music, New York City. More recently she established Music in Schools, a charitable program taking historic instruments into secondary schools to foster and inspire young talent.