In Memoriam: Suzanne Guy—Teacher, Mentor, Friend

Many of you knew the celebrated piano pedagogue Suzanne Guy through her published series entitled Expressive Etudes. Perhaps you have copies of her books, If…You Would Add Beauty to the World or Wit and Wisdom from the Piano Bench. Maybe you were lucky enough to have her as a teacher or known her as a friend.

In December, we lost Suzanne to Parkinson’s, after a courageous 15-year battle with the disease. With her passing, many beautiful articles and sentiments have been shared. We are inspired to commemorate her work today with a video memory of Suzanne in her element—witty and wise. This excerpt comes from the Faber Piano Adventures 2018 MTNA presentation, “The Adventures Unfold.”

JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Virginia Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic, said of Suzanne, “If there is an angel of music in Virginia, it surely must be pianist and teacher, Suzanne Guy. This extraordinary woman has fostered a love of music in countless people of all ages with wit, gentleness, and profound wisdom.”

You can read Suzanne’s online obituary, where you can write in her guestbook, or leave a comment on our blog.

4 Responses to “In Memoriam: Suzanne Guy—Teacher, Mentor, Friend”

  1. Simons Music School February 19, 2020 at 9:03 am #

    So Sorry
    My Condolances

  2. Louise Frye February 19, 2020 at 12:45 pm #

    I remember meeting Suzanne in the nineties when she led a workshop in Sonoma, California. She was do warm, bubbly and a wonderful pedagogue
    I do have her wonderful book, If you would add beauty in the world.

  3. Lucy Gwynne-Evans February 19, 2020 at 2:32 pm #

    She seemed like an amazing lady. I watched the clip. It made me laugh out loud. Rest in peace Suzanne and what a contribution you made.

  4. Susan McGuire February 19, 2020 at 10:29 pm #

    Oh I’m sorry to hear this news. I learned so much from her at various sessions. One that comes to mind is how she talked about velvet and imagine you were feeling it for some pieces.