Sheridan Solisti Trio, comprised of internationally-acclaimed musicians Pianist Susan Merdinger, violinist Michaela Paetsch, and cellist Steven Sigurdson, joined forces for four recent Chicago concerts featuring two premiere performances. The concerts include the the world premiere of the trio arrangement of “Ghost Tango” (originally written for piano and cello, in 2012) by Grammy-nominated composer, Ilya Levinson, as well as a USA premiere of “Solar Rays” by Chicago native, Aaron Alter.
Pianist Susan Merdinger, violinist Michaela Paetsch, and cellist Steven Sigurdson have individually established themselves as formidable performers on stages and in studios around the world, and they’re excited to be adding the Sheridan Solisti Trio to their list of outstanding collaborations.
Pianist Susan Merdinger, who Fanfare Magazine has hailed for her “magic touch” and for keeping audiences “spellbound from first note to last”, recently performed at the Logan Center for the Arts on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series in her sixth engagement on the CSO series. Merdinger has graced the New York stages of Carnegie and Merkin, as well as many of the finest venues of Europe, Canada and Mexico. She has appeared live on radio stations such as WQXR and WFMT, as well as BBC Television in the UK.
Among many other accolades, violinist Michaela Paetsch has distinguished herself as the first female violinist to record the 24 Caprices of Niccolo Paganini (Teldec). In addition, Paetsch has won prizes in the Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky and Dealey International Competitions, which resulted in her solo engagements with major orchestras and conductors in Europe and Asia.
For over 20 years Steven Sigurdson, cellist, has enjoyed a successful orchestral career, including being among the first cellists hired for Michael Tilson Thomas’ celebrated New World Symphony in Miami, as well as a 13-year tenure as Associate Principal Cellist of the Florida Philharmonic. His career as a studio cellist on popular recordings has resulted in collaborations with many top-named artists including Gloria Estefan and Collective Soul.