Suzanne Grosvenor

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About Suzanne Grosvenor

A versatile and award-winning American pianist, composer, arranger, session musician, and music teacher, Suzanne Grosvenor emerged in the 1980s with a style rooted in classical but also incorporating elements of blues, improvisation, jazz, and ambient music. Debuting in 1984 with Lantern in the Window, Grosvenor has found multiple avenues for success, dabbling in blues, jazz, rock, pop, and jug band music, as well as composing for film and documentaries. In 2012, she began releasing spontaneous piano pieces, beginning with the meditative Piano Improvisations I: Light Shining Through. Immersed in the world of classical music from a very young age, Grosvenor began performing her own compositions on piano at just eight years old; she would eventually add violin, cello, clarinet, and percussion to her arsenal. After winning the Phoenix Young Musicians Concerto Competition, she attended music school in Arizona, where she studied music theory, harmony, and composition. Finding herself drawn to the creative freedom of improvisational music, she began exploring genres outside of the classical world, playing the fiddle and washtub bass at bluegrass festivals, fronting a jazz fusion trio, and even landing a regional new wave hit, "You Can't Stop Her," with her band 20-20. She distilled all of those experiences in 1984 with the release of her first solo effort, Lantern in the Window, which stood at the nexus of classical and jazz. Her music appeared on 1988's Lights Out II, a compilation that also featured compositions from David Lanz, George Winston, David Benoit, and others. Grosvenor spent the ensuing years composing for documentaries and films and working as an in-demand session player. She began focusing on improvisational music in the 2000s, creating sound portraits to stimulate healing. In 2012, she released her first collection of spontaneous piano compositions, Piano Improvisations I: Light Shining Through, and has continued to issue meditative pieces like "Blue Meditation" (2017), "Dance of Spring" (2019), and 2020's "Heron Pond" and "Day of Peace" as singles. ~ James Christopher Monger

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