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International prize-winning soloists Michaela Paetsch and Susan Merdinger to perform all-Beethoven concert at Concordia-Chicago


Two internationally acclaimed soloists, violinist Michaela Paetsch and pianist Susan Merdinger, join forces to present a concert program featuring four of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin: Nos. 2, 4, 6 and 10. One of the concerts will be held at Concordia University Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Our Lord, and is presented free of charge.

The other concerts in the series will take place Friday, Jan. 12 at Covenant Village in Northbrook, IL; Sunday, Jan. 14 at the Northbrook Public Library in Northbrook, IL; and a live broadcast on “Live from WFMT,” hosted by Kerry Frumkin, and produced by Mary Mazurek, which will include an interview with the artists and can be livestreamed at

Merdinger and Paetsch have recently been performing as a trio and duo after not having seen each other or performed together since they were students at the Yale School of Music in the 1980s. Both hailing from musical families, they share a common bond through their musical heritage and instructional lineage.

Steinway Artist Susan Merdinger has graced the New York stages of Carnegie and Merkin, as well as many of the finest venues of Europe, Canada and Mexico, performing with orchestras such as The Chicago Philharmonic and the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico. A noted interpreter of Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn and Mozart, Merdinger was fortunate to study with some of the world’s expert “Beethoven pianists” such as Claude Frank, Walter Hautzig, and Karl Ulrich Schnabel at Yale University, Manhattan School of Music and privately in New York City. Merdinger currently lives in Highland Park, IL, where she teaches privately and is on the piano faculty at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest.

Michaela Paetsch has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in the major musical centers of the world, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Hall, and the Library of Congress. She has collaborated with major orchestras throughout the world, including the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Japan), the Philharmonics of Osaka (Japan), Seoul (Korea), Liège (Belgium) and Bergen (Norway); the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Residentie Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the BBC Symphony. Her extensive discography began with the 1987 recording of the 24 Caprices by Niccolo Paganini for TELDEC, making her the first female performer to record the complete work.

For more information on the Jan. 13 concert at Concordia-Chicago, contact Laura Zimmer at 708-209-3062 or All of the concerts in this series are listed at