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Suzanne Cooper Biography

Suzanne Cooper
B.A. M.MUS (Piano Performance)

Suzanne was introduced to the piano by her mother and grandmother and took lessons locally from Penrith and Blue Mountains teachers. At ten years old she began lessons at Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Alexander Sverjensky continuing on his retirement with Dallas Haslem and Marjorie Hesse. Suzanne won a scholarship to Sydney University where she undertook studies in English and Music with a Composition major under Peter Sculthorpe. After graduating Suzanne travelled extensively, recording and researching World Music.

More recently Suzanne has held the position of Head of Music at the McDonald Performing Arts College and completed a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance in 2004 with High Distinctions for her performances. She has presented cutting edge research papers and Lecture Recitals for various conferences including the International Symposium on Clara Schumann Vienna 1996; The National Festival of Women in Music A.N.U. Canberra 2001; the Eighth Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference A.N.U Canberra 2007; the Winter Festival for Piano Teachers Sydney Conservatorium of Music 2007; the World Piano Conference Serbia 2009, 2010, 2011.

Suzanne was awarded Diplomas of Excellence for her presentations at the World Piano Conferences and in early 2013 was appointed as a Recruitment Juror for the World Piano Teachers Association International Piano Competition. This competition is an initiative conjointly undertaken with staff of the Royal College of Music London. It is a member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation.

In 2014 Suzanne was appointed as a Piano Tutor for UNSW Sydney. 

Suzanne Cooper-Vivo Creations (2014) ABN 13 058 170 881