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 broadcasts worldwide.
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.
She is on the touring rosters of Texas Commission on the Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance and Young Audiences of Houston and has recently become involved in cultural diplomacy through a series of performances and a guitar program she has developed for American Voices' YES Academy Iraq.
Susan McDonald has released ten CDs on the Mayfly label.