Susanne Grützmann won prizes at the Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau in 1981, the Concurso Vianna da Motta in Lisbon in 1983, the Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1984 and other international competitions. Winning first prize at the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich in 1989 confirmed her reputation and she is today regarded as one of the best German pianists.
The major orchestras with which Susanne Grützmann has performed include the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart, the Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic and the Arcos Orchestra New York.
The conductors with whom Susanne Grützmann has performed include Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kurt Masur, Sylvain Cambreling, Hartmut Haenchen and Hans Zender.
Susanne Grützmann has given numerous solo recitals at major venues in Germany and abroad, notably the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Semperoper in Dresden and the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and performed at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, at the Laeiszhalle in Hambourg, at the Cologne Philharmonie and the Beethoven House in Bonn.
She has performed in concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the large Festival Theatre in Baden-Baden and the Berlin Festival. She has performed the complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos many times with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn. In 2008 she was invited to tour China.
Susanne Grützmann has recorded Chopin’s Preludes op. 28 and Schumann’s Symphonic Studies op. 13 for Teldec. For Edition Günter Hänssler she recorded Schumann’s Abegg-Variations, Papillons and Davidsbündlertänze as well as Clara Schumann’s entire oeuvre for solo piano (Editor’s Choice of Gramophone). This year a CD with works by Robert Schumann has been released.