Faculty | Keyboard
Visiting Associate Professor
office: MSM 203
office phone: ((713)743-3154
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017
An eclectic musician, Brian Suits is a pianist, composer, conductor, arranger, and improvisational artist. He is seen regularly on the concert stage as collaborative artist and chamber musician. He has written concerti for both piano and violin, a double concerto for violin and guitar, a string quartet, a program work for full orchestra, and manifold solo and chamber works and songs. “March March!” was commissioned by the Moores School’s AURA ensemble and performed in April of 2010. His album of jazz-flavored solo piano works, “The Way Back,” was released in 2004 on musikdorf Records. As solo pianist, Suits has played concerti with the Jupiter Symphony and Sejong Soloists, among others. He recorded a set of 23 teaching CDs for Chung-Eum Music Publishers, including three dozen sonatas of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, the Bach Inventions, and the complete Czerny Etudes. Suits frequently guest conducts the French Chamber Orchestra Albéric Magnard, and has also conducted the Gonzaga Symphony, Project Divisi, and Houston Youth Symphony’s “Philharmonia” orchestra, as well as the Cheju Symphony, Prime Philharmonic, SangRok Symphony, Cadenza Chamber Orchestra and others in Korea. Suits has written and conducted orchestral arrangements for eight films in Korea, including “The Host” and “Mother,” both directed by Bong Joon-Ho. “The Host” was a hit at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, broke all box office records in Korea, and was a sleeper art house hit here in the states. The top two prizes for film music at the 2006 Korean Film Awards were awarded to "For Horowitz" and "The Host," for both of which Suits made and conducted the orchestral arrangements. Suits taught accompanying and coached art song at the Yale School of Music from 1990-2002, and in summers teaches and plays at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. He was also an artist at the Great Mountains Festival in Korea in summer of 2010. He received his BM from UT Austin and his MM from USC, and his teachers have included David Renner, Brooks Smith, and Jean Barr. He also studied composition with Donald Grantham. He joined the faculty at Moores in fall of 2006, where he is Visiting Associate Professor of Accompanying and Chamber Music, as well as art song coach.