Born in Germany 1988, into a Hungarian non-musician family, pianist Zsuzsanna Tihanyi took her first piano lesson at the age of nine. Her family moved back to Hungary, where she continued her musical studies in Szeged. After only two years of study, in 1999 she won second prize at the International Rubinstein Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Paris. Since that time she has won several prizes on national and international piano and chamber music competitions. In 2005 she was awarded first prize, grand prize and Liszt special prize at the National Piano Competition for Young Hungarian Pianists, three years later she took second prize at the unique Ella Philipp piano-concerto competition in Romania.
She won the Haydn-Mendelssohn Competition of the Hungarian Radio in 2009 playing Mendelssohn’s d minor piano concerto in the final live broadcasted with the Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Stephen D’Agostino.
She has given several solo- and chamber music concerts in Hungary as well as in England, Italy, Austria, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia. She has played on renowned festivals in Hungary, among others on ’Zempén-Festival’, ’Bartók Seminar and Festival’, and ’Budapest Spring Festival’ with such programmes as Chopin’s 24 preludes, 3rd piano concerto by Bartók or song cycles by Schumann, Schubert and Mahler. Zsuzsanna is a passionate chamber musician and she especially likes to play with singers, but she has played with several orchestras as well.
Zsuzsanna received her Masters Degree at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Budapest with highest honours in 2012, her most important and influential professors were Attila Némethy, György Nádor and Márta Gulyás. 2009-2011 she studied with a scholarship at the University Mozarteum of Salzburg under Imre Rohmann. In 2013 she won the Weingarten scholarship to pursue advanced postgraduate studies at Birmingham Conservatoire with Julian Jacobson and Philip Martin. There she was awarded the Conservatoires Haydn-prize and also appeared with great success at Birmingham Symphony Hall and in other UK venues.
Zsuzsanna has worked in master classes with Dmitri Bashkirov, Andrei Gavrilov, Robert Levin, Malcolm Bilson, Walter Moore, Luis-Fernando Pérez, Zoltán Kocsis, András Schiff, Ferenc Rados, András Keller, Jenő Jandó, Miklós Spányi and Anneke Boeke.
Currently she is pursuing her Doctoral Degree in Piano Studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. Her research field is comparing different early editions of Beethoven’s piano music.
Beside the piano Zsuzsanna has also been playing the baroque recorder since 1997, as a student she won several prizes in national and international baroque music competitions and has been playing in different baroque ensembles. Playing the recorder is one of her favourite pastimes.