Brian Suits, staff pianist

An eclectic musician, pianist Brian Suits appears on the concert stage primarily as collaborative artist and chamber musician. He is a skilled improviser as well, and feels at home in a variety of styles. Suits is also an occasional composer and arranger. Among his recordings are a solo piano CD of jazz-flavored original works, and CDs with violinist Kyung Sun Lee and tenor Robert Swensen. His most recent composition is his Piano Trio (2019), written for Bayou City Trio, in which he collaborates with violinist Chavdar Parashkevov and cellist Louis-Marie Fardet. Other compositions include concerti, chamber works, and short piano pieces. Arrangements include orchestrations for more than a dozen Korean films, including 2006 Cannes Festival favorite “The Host,” which was directed by 2020 Academy Award winner Bong Joon-Ho (for Parasite). He taught at the Yale School of Music from 1990-2002, and currently teaches at the University of Houston as Professor of Accompanying and Chamber Music, also teaching lyric diction and coaching art song. In addition to Green Mountain, Suits play summers at Texas Music Festival, and has been involved with the Aspen, Great Mountains, and Banff Music Festivals. His BM is from the University of Texas at Austin, and his MM from the University of Southern California. His teachers have included Brooks Smith, David Renner, Jean Barr, and Donald Grantham.