Susan McDonald has delighted
audiences the world over- from the Amazon to Iraq and community concerts to Carnegie Hall. Her audiences have ranged from
Holocaust survivors in Vienna to the President of the United States, and her music has been enthusiastically received in concert
halls, universities, festivals, schools and hospitals. At her Carnegie Hall debut, the New York Concert Review described her
performance as "...one of the most satisfying recitals in recent memory...all the skill and insight that a Bel Canto master
brings to a Bellini cadenza...masterful Bach playing..."
A protegee of the legendary Pepe Romero, Susan started playing guitar at the age of six.
Her studies took her from the University of St. Thomas in Houston to the Mozarteum in Salzburg and finally to a residency
at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Susan's many recordings and live performances have been heard on radio and television
Becoming known as an exciting composer with recent features in Soundboard and on the internationally syndicated
radio program Classical Guitar Alive (her music has been described as "brilliant" by New Classics) , Susan has created an
art form which she calls "Animal Ballets," in which she combines her original music and video footage to create sublime live
performances in which animals are the "dancers" and she is their "orchestra." Her newest Animal Ballet, "Yasuní: Dances from
the Rainforest" features her music combined with video footage from her travels deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Increasingly, her passion and energy is being directed
towards bringing music to people in regions of conflict or isolation. Through her nonprofit organization, Remember the
River, she works to support artists in conflict zones through teaching, mentorship and donations of musical instruments and
is on the touring rosters of Texas Commission on the Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance and Young Audiences of Houston and is
involved in cultural diplomacy through a series of performances and guitar programs she has developed for American Voices'
YES Academies in Iraq and Lebanon. She is the director of the Mesopotamian Guitar Orchestra in Iraq and the Taous Guitar Orchestra
of Syria and Lebanon.
Susan McDonald has released ten
CDs on the Mayfly label.