2015-2017 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist, pianist Nicholas Susi enjoys a multifaceted career living out his deep love for music. The 2018-19 season saw engagements across the country as performer, masterclass clinician, competition adjudicator, lecturer, and community outreach speaker.
Nicholas's artistry has been recognized through prizes in such piano competitions as the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Award, the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition, and Klavierfestival Rösrath, while his research has been awarded prestigious grants from such organizations as the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, and Legacy Foundation for the Arts. These and other grants enabled him to travel, study, and perform music across Europe; the experiences of researching Beethoven in Bonn, Debussy in Paris, and Mozart in Vienna have been central to his development as a musician and to his cosmopolitan understanding of musical styles. Other noteworthy appearances include two concerts for the Princess von Hohenzollern at her castle in Namedy, Germany, his seminfinalist recital at the TivoliVrendenburg in Utrecht, The Netherlands during the 2014 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, and concerto solos with such orchestras as the Omaha Symphony, Wiener Residenz Orchester, St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, and Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City. His debut recording, Scarlatti Now, was released in late 2016 to critical acclaim; in addition to nationwide radio airplay, the disc was featured on the Critic’s Choice list (2017) by American Record Guide and was chosen as a winner of The American Prize in 2018.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Nicholas is currently based out of Duluth, Minnesota, where he is an Assistant Professor of Music at The College of St. Scholastica. In addition to teaching private lessons, he also teaches music theory and coordinates the class piano program. Nicholas received his doctorate from the University of Michigan, with previous studies at the University of Kansas and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln as a two-time DAAD grantee. Primary teachers include Zena Ilyashov, Jack Winerock, Nina Tichman, and Arthur Greene.