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Susan Salm plays Brahms Susan Salm plays Brahms
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  Music that Speaks to Us and Through Us
by Susan Salm

We, performing artists, have an obligation to play the music that speaks to us and through us. My dedication is to music that I love. This includes Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, Dvorak, Janacek, and also many newer works – of Webern, Bischof, Koston, Florey. Our responsibility to the listeners is to bring them in the most convincing way, and at the highest level of performance, works we believe in – of all times, of yesterday and of today.

I believe in supporting the music I admire and love, and I revel in bringing to life for the first time works that otherwise did not exist and might never have been composed!

To present new music honestly and convincingly I include it in programs with standard repertoire. Composers of the baroque, classical and romantic period are essential to my musical and artistic existence; I adore the music of Beethoven and Brahms and feel sure that they would have wanted to be heard in the context of the great compositions of our age. Works being written during my lifetime (and sometimes because of my commitment to them and their composers) are just as much essential in the life of music, in the lives of those who will hear more as we go on, and who will benefit from having the opportunity and the experience of hearing new with old, great with great. We need not make distinctions based on when music was written, but rather develop a strong and unyielding discipline to learn to discriminate between and about quality and to find what has true value, originality and honesty. This can best be attained by engaged and informed listening, and to that end the best means remains the engaged and informed performer.



Works written for and premiered by Susan Salm
  • Rainer Bischof - "Mutationen" for solo cello (1996)
    World Premiere at the Music In Ouray Festival, Ouray, CO, 1998
  • Wolfgang Florey - "Sonata for Cello Solo" (1998)
    World Premiere in Eghezée, Belgium, 1999
  • Dina Koston - "Solo for Cello" (2001)
    World Premiere at Phillips Collection, Washington DC, 2002
  • Wolfgang Florey - "Farbenhaut" for violin and cello (2002)
    World Premiere in Venice, Italy 2002
  • Wolfgang Florey - "Denksteine" for violin, cello, piano and mezzo-soprano (2002)
    World Premiere in Venice, Italy 2002
  • Rainer Bischof - "Epigramme" for solo cello (2005)
    World Premiere at the Austrian Cultural Forum (ACFNY), New York City, 2006
  • Laura Kaminsky - "Isole from the Arcipelago delle Delizie" for solo cello (2006)
    World Premiere at the Austrian Cultural Forum (ACFNY), New York City, 2006
  • Wolfgang Florey - "Im Augenspiegelblick, A Capriccio after Hoffmann in eight short scenes for Cello Solo" (2007)
    World Premiere at the Austrian Cultural Forum (ACFNY), New York City, 2008

Works written for and premiered by the Raphael Trio
  • Frederik Rzewski - Trio
  • Dina Koston - Piccolo Trio
  • Rainer Bischof - "Trio 89"
  • Edward Cohen - Trio
  • Thomas Oboe Lee - "Tangos"
  • David Liptak - Trio
  • Douglas Wieland - Trio
  • Thomas L. Read - Trio