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Suzanna Hlinka

Described by the Courier Mail as a ‘prodigious talent’, Australian-Czech Dr. Suzanna Hlinka began playing the piano at the age of three, performed her first solo recital at eight years old, and made her first concerto appearance with an orchestra at ten years old.

With her multi-faceted playing style that 4MBS Classic FM called ‘pure magic’ and ‘poetry in motion’, Suzanna has been greeted by enthusiastic audiences throughout Australia, Asia, and Europe, performing in the world’s most prestigious concert venues. At 18, Suzanna chose a different route to the competition circuit, despite her previous successes in various international piano competitions. Instead, she devotes herself to her solo and chamber concert career, and developing young talent. 

Coming from a musical family where her father, Vojtech Hlinka, is a distinguished violinist, Suzanna began her studies with her mother, Olga Hlinka, followed by Jana Kovar, Sue Thompson, Natasha Vlassenko, Oleg Stepanov, Peter Toperczer, Tomasz Herbut and Jiri Hlinka. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and a Master of Arts from Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts. Her research was recognised by the Czech Government with the award of the coveted Czech Head. Suzanna completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts (in performance & music psychology) at the University of Western Australia in 2012 with the assistance of the Hackett Postgraduate Scholarship. Suzanna currently resides in Sydney, Australia, further fulfilling her performance commitments in the country. She is also in great demand as an adjudicator and teaching artist regularly giving masterclasses and workshops in association with numerous organisations. In Germany, she was also co-founder and artistic director of Eloquenz Concerts Series. In 2015, Suzanna was appointed as a lecturer in Piano Performance, Academic Studies and Graduate Studies at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. She also currently lectures Piano Performance at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Sydney.

Suzanna has recorded for numerous radio stations in Australia and the Czech Republic. Unveiling is her debut CD/DVD, released in 2009 by Troll Classics. 2010 and 2012 marked the release of her second and third CDs, with her husband, cellist Christoph Blickling. Suzanna’s 2014 CD showcases Suzanna at the piano, playing a mixture of works that are favourites of her and her loved ones.

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