Susanne Erding-Swiridoff

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Susanne Erding-Swiridoff / Susanne Zargar Swiridoff, (born 1955) is a German composer.


Susanne Erding was born in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany. She studied composition and music education with Milko Kelemen at the State Academy of Music in Stuttgart. In 1977 she graduated in British and American studies and drama theory from the University of Stuttgart, and in 1981 in composition from the Staatliche Hochschule in Munich. She continued her studies during summer courses in England, the United States, Canada and Argentina.

In 1979 Erding-Swiridoff took a position as lecturer at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, and in 1991 and 1992 she was a visiting professor of composition at the Musikhochschule in Mannheim. She has also lectured as a visiting professor in Madrid, Vienna, Shaoxing, Shanghai and Vilnius.[1]

She married journalist, broadcaster and German Photographer Paul Swiridoff in Rome in 1988, and in 1994 had a daughter, Katharina Swiridoff. Since 2002 Erding-Swiridoff has worked in organizing art exhibitions and published the art book Tsubaki in association with the James Joyce-Unique-book Collection.[2][3]


Erding-Swiridoff has composed over 80 works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, ballet and puppet theater. Selected works include:

  • Joy, opera
  • The Snowman, opera (libretto by Walter Jens)
  • Peter Schlemihl, puppet theater, after Adalbert von Chamisso

Her compositions have been recorded and issued on CD including:


  1. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Susanne Erding Swiridoff, ear training". Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  3. ^ Dees, Pamela Youngdahl (2004). A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers: Women born after 1900. Retrieved 11 November 2010.

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