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Susan Wadsworth: Kick-starting Musical Careers

[ photo: Susan Wadsworth ]

Kick-starting Musical Careers

After graduating from Vassar, Susan Wadsworth '58 studied piano at the Mannes College of Music where she met a number of musicians she thought were extraordinarily talented. "I was aware that they were at a time in their lives when nothing was happening for them, and I thought it would be fun to do something."

What began as a lark - arranging concerts for her friends - became a passion for identifying and shepherding young talent. Wadsworth founded Young Concert Artists, a unique nonprofit that discovers and launches the careers of promising young musicians. Among her protégés: violinist Pinchas Zukerman; pianists Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, and Ruth Laredo; soprano Dawn Upshaw.


VQ Summer 2000
Photo credit: Mark Mann