Susan Morton Blaustein

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Susan Morton Blaustein (born 22 March 1953) is an American pianist and composer. She was born in Palo Alto, California, and studied piano and composition at Pomona College with Karl Kohn, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975. She continued her studies in composition at the Liege Conservatory in Belgium with Henri Pousseur[1][2] and at Yale with Jacob Druckman and Betsy Jolas. After completing her education, she took a position as assistant professor at Columbia University.[3] She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987.


Selected works include:

  • To Orpheus for mixed a cappella chorus, Text: 4 sonnets of Rilke, 1922
  • Ricercate: String Quartet No. 1, 1981

She has written professional articles including: The Survival of Aesthetics: Books by Boulez, Delio, Rochberg. Perspectives of New Music 27, no. 1 (Winter): 272-303 (1989)


  1. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). ISBN 9780393034875. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  2. ^ Dees, Pamela Youngdahl (2004). A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers: Women born after 1900.
  3. ^ International who's who in classical music. Europa Publications Limited. 2007.