Brian Suits, piano
An eclectic musician, pianist Brian Suits has made a career primarily as accompanist and chamber musician. Suits has a broad knowledge of art song, instrumental, and chamber repertoires, and is a fluent sightreader. He is a skilled improviser as well, and adept in a variety of styles.
Suits is also an occasional composer, conductor, 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); other works 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). Suits has conducted the French Chamber Orchestra Albéric Magnard, the Gonzaga Symphony, Nino Rota’s “Italian Straw Hat” at the University of Houston, and several orchestras in Korea. A student of language, Suits enjoys vocal coaching, and is a specialist in lyric diction. He taught at the Yale School of Music from 1990-2002, and currently teaches at the University of Houston as Associate Professor of Accompanying and Chamber Music, as well as art song coach. In summers he plays at both the University of Houston’s Texas Music Festival, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. He has also been involved with the Aspen, Great Mountains, and Banff Music Festivals. His BM is from the University of Texas at Austin, and his MM is from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Brooks Smith, the last of violinist Jascha Heifetz’s collaborators. Other teachers have included David Renner, Jean Barr, and Donald Grantham.