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Susanna Shamounian was born in Turkmenistan. At the age of four she was chosen
for a lead role in the movie “Son” that won a Golden Elephant around Middle Asia and India.
Later on she auditioned into a Specialized Music School under Moscow Conservatory and
studied piano, music theory and music literature for thirteen years. In high school Susanna
was a team leader of the comedy theater where she was the first female leader of the team for
six years and competed against college leagues. After the high school she got in and
graduated Turkmen National Conservatory as a piano pedagogy with excellency. She was an
active solo pianist as well as accompanist to vocal and chamber music. Susanna performed a
solo in a Symphony by Redjep Allayarov, dedicated to September Eleven and Rhapsody in
Blue by George Gershwin, with Turkmen National Orchestra. During her college years she
was singing in Presidential Choir for five years. Along with her piano skills she was also
developing her singing and song writing career. She performed her songs across
Turkmenistan releasing her album in 2002. In 2003 she moved to Armenia where she
continued her music career. She performed as a singer in many concerts and in 2004 won a
singing competition Voice of Armenia.Susanna had an amazing experience performing on the
same stage with many celebrities of Armenia.
In 2005 Susanna moved to Albany, NY and two years later auditioned in
to the College of Saint Rose where she got her Bachelor of Science in Music Education and
graduated with Cum Laude. During those years she accompanied to Masterworks Choral,
Chamber Choirs, Women’s Choir and performed as a soloist on many occasions. Susanna
was granted many scholarships including J. Robert Sheehan Music Scholar Award in 2009.
Along with her performing career, Susanna has been working for eight years as a piano and
vocal teacher at Hilton Music Center in Albany, NY. She accommodates her lessons to each
student individually. By using her extended theory knowledge and her international and
multicultural music experiences she has developed her own teaching style. Her studio held
up to 48 students and most of them were encouraged to participate in music competitions,
recitals and talent shows.
In 2016 Susanna and her family have moved to Los Angeles, California where she
continued her teaching career in Hollywood Arts Academy and Pasadena Piano Academy.
Susanna became a member of Certificate of Merit of California. The majority of her students
were participating in Certificate of Merit. They were receiving high scores and were chosen
into Honor Convocations. One of her student passed all of the ten levels, went through
advanced level and was chosen into Young Artist level. Teaching in California has expanded
her views and techniques in teaching.
Besides her teaching career, Susanna has recorded three songs for the Vanderpump
Rules Show on channel Bravo. She had a chance to work with some great musicians and
composers during recording those tracks.
In 2018 Susanna returned to Albany NY where she established her private school of
thirty two students from home. She organized recitals and prepared her students for
NYSSMA. Along with her private school Susanna returned to recording studio where she is
working on releasing her second album as singer/songwriter.
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