Zuzana Simurdova was born on 5 December 1977 at Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic). She began her musical studies with Monika Tugendliebová at the Janáckova konzervator v Ostrave (the Janácek Conservatory), founded by her great-grandfather Eduard Marhula (a pupil of the composer), then continued her training under Vladimira Sláviková at JAMU (the Janácek Academy of Music and Performing Arts) in Brno. Ms. Simurdova also attended classes in Austria, Denmark, Great Britain, and Canada with such prominent piano virtuosi as Renna Kellaway and Gilbert Kalish. In 2007 she was accorded the diplôme d'études supérieures spécialisées (D.E.S.S.) at the University of Montreal. An internationally recognized concert soloist and winner of numerous prizes, awards, and honors, she now resides in Quebec, Canada.
Ms. Simurdova's repertoire embraces a broad range of traditional and modern masterworks, including scores by the distinguished living Canadian composers Jean Chatillon, Ross Perrin, and Claude Vivier. In 2008 her CD of Chatillon's Préludes à un pays vrai won particularly favorable notice and brought her the Delian Society's Orpheus Award for "outstanding solo performance of new tonal music."
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