Suzanne Newcomb, pianist, received her graduate degrees in piano performance from The Peabody Conservatory: a Master of Music and then a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, studying piano under Leon Fleisher. She completed her Bachelor of Music Degree at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
An active solo and collaborative artist, Dr. Newcomb has performed with the QUBE Quartet and the High Street Four. Highlights of her recent performances include the Brahms C and G minor Piano Quartets, the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet. Suzanne has performed both Poulenc’s Two-Piano Concerto and Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds with the Westerville Symphony. She participates annually in Otterbein’s “2 x 6” duo piano recitals, and performed on the Steinway dedication recital in September 2008. In 2011, Suzanne performed the piano part in Saint Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Bach Piano Concerto in D Minor with the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra. She also performs regularly with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as an Associate Musician.
Suzanne has been a full-time piano teacher for over 30 years. Her musical insights are sought-after as a coach and mentor for piano instruction as well as for her love and knowledge of chamber music performance. She continues her pedagogical education by attending several conferences annually. As an active member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), Suzanne has held many positions within the organization. She has presented at the MTNA National Conference in Las Vegas and the OhioMTA conference in Columbus. She currently serves on both the state and district boards. In 2011, the Central East District named her the District Independent Certified Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Newcomb is on the piano faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville. She coaches for The Chamber Music Connection in Worthington and maintains a private piano studio in Upper Arlington, where she lives with her husband and three children.