Three internationally-acclaimed musicians are now joining together to create what promises to be a world-class piano trio. Pianist Susan Merdinger, violinist Michaela Paetsch, and cellist Steven Sigurdson have individually established themselves as formidable performers on stages and in studios around the world, and they’re excited to be adding the Sheridan Solisti Trio to their list of outstanding collaborations. They’ll be performing at Family Piano Co on Friday, December 8th at 7:00 pm
Susan Merdinger, who Fanfare Magazine has hailed for her “magic touch” and for keeping audiences “spellbound from first note to last”, recently performed at the Logan Center for the Arts on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series in her sixth engagement on the CSO series. Merdinger has graced the New York stages of Carnegie and Merkin, as well as many of the finest venues of Europe, Canada and Mexico. She has appeared live on radio stations such as WQXR and WFMT, as well as BBC Television in the UK. In addition to her international engagements, Merdinger makes frequent solo appearances throughout the Chicago area, including solo performances for the Chicago Latino Music Festival, Fulcrum Point New Music Group and with The Chicago Philharmonic. A Steinway Artist and Spirio Recording Artist, Merdinger has made several notable recordings of solo piano, chamber music, and duo piano repertoire, which were awarded a Gold Medal in the 2014 Global Music Awards and First Prizes in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in 2012 and 2017.
Among many other accolades, Michaela Paetsch has distinguished herself as the first female violinist to record the 24 Caprices of Niccolo Paganini (Teldec). In addition, Paetsch has won prizes in the Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky and Dealey International Competitions, which resulted in her solo engagements with major orchestras and conductors in Europe and Asia. A champion of modern music, she has collaborated closely with several celebrated composers including Daron Hagen, whose Suite for solo violin and a duo with cello she has recorded for Arsis. The Strad Magazine has praised Paetsch for playing that is “gloriously charged” and “beguilingly velvety”. Paetsch trained at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Yale School of Music, where she and Merdinger first met as students. She currently resides in Switzerland where she enjoys a varied career as soloist and the violinist of several outstanding chamber ensembles such as the Paetsch Trio, the Paetsch Family Ensemble, the Transatlantic Quintet, Duo La Capricieuse and Prima Carezza, with whom she tours regularly throughout Europe.
For over 20 years Steven Sigurdson has enjoyed a successful orchestral career, including being among the first cellists hired for Michael Tilson Thomas’ celebrated New World Symphony in Miami, as well as a 13-year tenure as Associate Principal Cellist of the Florida Philharmonic. He has been a finalist in several competitions such as the National Society of Arts and Letters and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. His career as a studio cellist on popular recordings has resulted in collaborations with many top-named artists including Gloria Estefan and Collective Soul. A member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, his recently recorded cello and harp CD “After a Dream” with harpist Nicole Luchs is currently available on CDBaby and iTunes. The New York Times singled out Sigurdson for his “evocative, firm and poised playing”. Sigurdson received his Bachelor of Music degree at Juilliard as one of the last students of the famed American Cellist, Leonard Rose, and he currently continues this legacy as a highly regarded cello instructor in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a complement to his active performing career.
The Sheridan Solisti Trio is proud to be making their ensemble debut on stages in the Chicago area early this December 2017. Their program will feature two of the most cherished masterpieces for piano trio – Mendelssohn’s wonderfully lyrical C Minor Trio and Brahms’ gloriously youthful B Major Trio. In addition, Sheridan Solisti is proud to present works by two living composers, each a premiere on this series of December concerts – the “Ghost Tango” of Grammy-nominated composer, Ilya Levinson, and “Solar Rays” by Chicago native, Aaron Alter. After the main feast of Mendelssohn and Brahms, these two lighter works are sure to provide audiences with much musically-intoxicating pleasure.