Outside of his frequent stage appearances as collaborative artist and chamber musician, pianist Brian Suits also sometimes wears the various hats of composer, conductor, and arranger. He has written concerti for both piano and violin, a double concerto for violin and guitar, a string quartet, a program work for full orchestra, and manifold solo and chamber works and songs. His album of solo piano works, “The Way Back,” was released in 2004 on musikdorf Records. Suits has made orchestral arrangements for more than a dozen films in Korea, including “The Host” and “Mother,” both directed by Bong Joon-Ho. “The Host” was a hit at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, broke all box office records in Korea, and was distributed by Magnolia Pictures stateside. His arrangements helped earn the top two prizes for film music at the 2006 Korean Film Awards (“For Horowitz” and “The Host”). Suits has performed as piano soloist in concerti with the Jupiter Symphony and Sejong Soloists, among others. He recorded a set of 23 teaching CDs for Chung-Eum Music Publishers in Korea, including music of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, Bach, and Czerny (complete etudes). Suits has conducted the French Chamber Orchestra Albéric Magnard, the Gonzaga Symphony, Project Divisi, and Nino Rota's “Italian Straw Hat” for the Moores School of Music Opera, as well as the Cheju Symphony, Prime Philharmonic, SangRok Symphony, Cadenza Chamber Orchestra and others in Korea. Suits taught accompanying and coached art song at the Yale School of Music from 1990-2002, and in summers plays at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. He received his BM from UT Austin and his MM from USC, and his teachers have included David Renner, Brooks Smith, Jean Barr, and Donald Grantham (composition). He joined the faculty at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music in fall of 2006, where he is Associate Professor of Accompanying and Chamber Music, as well as art song coach.
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