Zuzana Šimurdová is a Czech-Canadian pianist fascinated by classical and contemporary music. She has given solo and chamber concerts across Europe, the US, Canada, China and South Korea. A graduate from the Université de Montréal and Concordia University (Canada), the Janáček Conservatory, Ostrava and the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno (Czech Republic), she continued the Royal Northern College of Music. Šimurdová began her career as a laureate of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursarie Awards in Paris followed by First prize at the International Music Competition Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust in London and the Janáček First Prize at the International Piano Masterclasses Competition ‘Prague-Vienna-Budapest’. Among recent highlights is her Carnegie Hall debut as a winner of the Chopin Award at the IBLA Grand Prize International Competition and her debut performances in South Korea and China as part of the ZUMI Piano Duo. She recorded her first CD “Préludes à un pays vrai”, with works by the contemporary Québécois composer, Jean Chatillon, for which she was awarded the Orpheus. Her recent CD, a world premiere recording of Lubos Fiser Piano Sonatas, was released for NAXOS Grand Piano. For more information, visit www.zuzanapianist.com.