Gunilla Süssmann is considered to be a fresh new leaf on the branch of excellent young musicians from Norway. She was born in Bergen in 1977 and started to play the piano at the age of six. Twice she has won the 1st prize in the National Piano competition for Youth in Norway, and from an early age she has been giving concerts. In 1996 she was finalist in the EBU competition in Lisbon, and in 1997 she was awarded "Music prize of the Year" in Norway. She has given solo-recitals in Bergen, Oslo, Tromsø, Stockholm, Salzburg, Darmstadt, Berlin and Belgrade, and participated at several music festivals in Norway. She has also performed with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Portugal Radio Orchestra and the Swedish SAMI Sinfonietta.
During recent years she has taken part in Hans Leygrafs master-courses in München and Darmstadt. In June 2000 she graduated from the Norwegian State Academy of Music where she has studied for the last four years with Professor Einar Steen-Nøkleberg; over the coming two years she will continue her studies in Hanover with the Professor. In September 2000 she won the 3rd prize in the Concour Grieg in Oslo, where she also was awarded the prize for the best Grieg interpretation.
In 2001 she was invited to give recitals in Moscow and at Edvard Grieg's home in Troldhaugen. Also during that year she was invited to take part in Leif Ove Andsnes' and Lars Anders Tomter's Risør International Chamber Music Festival.
For Naxos she has recorded, with pianist Havard Gimse, the Variations on a Folksong from Hardanger for two pianos and orchestra (1949), by Geirr Tveitt with the Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Bjarte Engeseth.
Role: Non-Classical Artist