Pianist Linda Iko Suzuki was born in Washington and raised in Tokyo, then moved to California in her late teens. She started studying solfege and piano when she was five and always loved making music at the piano. After entering Biola Conservatory of Music with scholarship as a piano performance major, her fascination in the depth of art of piano playing grew and began to dedicate most of her time practicing piano. At Biola, she studied with Jenny Wong and Lishan Hung and performed at master classes with Ann Schein, Nalita True, and Manahem Pressler. She was awarded first place in the Piano Department Competition and also won the Honors Concerto Competition.
After completing her bachelors degree in performance, she went on to study at New York University, Steinhardt Department of Music, where she also taught as adjunct faculty. There she met Dr. Jose Ramon Mendez who has been the biggest influence on her playing. She immersed herself in piano playing and studied how to approach the piano, to practice, to change colors, and to express herself effectively. She obtained a Master's degree in performance with the highest grades. She was also chosen to perform at Mater classes by Miyoko Lotto and Sarah Davis Buechner. She has performed in such venues as Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In recent years, she has also performed annually in her home town, Tokyo.
Her past summer trainings include Byerische Musikacademie Marktoberdorf in Germany with Wilem Brons and Gijon International PIano Festival, Spain with Julian Martin and James Giles, and Porto Piano Festival in Portugal with Jean Saulnier and Nuno Marques. She now lives in Chicago suburb with her husband and a cat and continues studying with Dr. Mendez. She is looking forward to giving solo debut recital at Weil Hall at Carnegie next year. Her audiences often compliment on her individuality, intense expressiveness and various colors in her playing. She feels joy in the endless journey of the art of piano playing, and she is excited to continue cultivating this gift until the end of her life.
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