Italian born pianist and scholar, Paolo Susanni, received his formal musical training in Italy, South Africa and the United States. There he received his B.Mus and M.Mus at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston/ USA and his (DMA) from the University of Texas in Austin/USA. He studied with Jacob Maxin, Krassimira Jordan and David Renner. He has performed in solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts in the USA, Italy, South Africa and Turkey.
He has participated in several International piano competitions, festivals and performed in master classes with musicians such as Leon Fleischer, Gabriel Chodos and Thomas Rajna. He is the head of the piano/guitar department at Yasar University Fine Arts Department School of Music where he teaches Piano, Music Theory, History and Solfege as he has done at Texas State University for the past seven years. He is a published author, specializing in the music of the 20th Century and has published several papers and an English/Italian translation of the volume “The Music of Bela Bartok” by Elliott Antokoletz. His book on 20th Century Music analysis called “Music and Twentieth Century Tonality” was published in 2012 by Routledge Publishing. Nowadays his book is used as a theory method in many different universities and conservatories throughout the world. He is also the editor for the new edition of the Bartok Research guide. On 2014-2015 school year he worked together with the distance education center and prepared his Music History classes as online courses. Many of his articles were published nationally and internationally. He is also the writer and the host of a project called “OMEGA” (Opening More Employability Gates for Arts and Music Students) which was chosen amongst 8 other European Projects by the Turkish National Agency. Since 2008, Dr. Susanni works at the Yasar University Fine Arts and Music department as a Piano, Music Theory, Solfege, Harmony, Music History teacher and post-graduate thesis counselor.