Susan Bradshaw

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Susan Bradshaw
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Background information
Born (1931-09-08)8 September 1931
Died 30 January 2005(2005-01-30) (aged 73)
Genres contemporary classical
Instruments Piano

Susan Bradshaw (Monmouth, 8 September 1931 – London, 30 January 2005) was a British pianist, teacher and writer. She was mainly associated with contemporary music, and especially with the work of Pierre Boulez, several of whose writings she translated. As a critic and musicologist she contributed to a number of magazines and journals over several decades; the titles included Contact, Music & Musicians, Tempo and The Musical Times.


Bradshaw studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and then with Boulez in Paris.

Susan Bradshaw was one of the two musicians (the other being Hans Keller) involved in the famous 'Piotr Zak' hoax in 1961.

After her death, The Susan Bradshaw Composers' Fund was established by the Royal Philharmonic Society with donations from friends and family, led by composer Brian Elias. The purpose of the fund is to support composers (of any age) and young musicians wishing to perform works by living composers. At present the fund is used to support a commission for one of the winners of the RPS Composition Prize.


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