Suzanne Ciani is a composer, recording artist, and pioneer in the field of electronic music and sound design. She is best loved for her fifteen albums of original music which feature her performances in a broad array of expressions: pure electronic, solo piano, piano with orchestra, and piano with jazz ensemble. Her music, renowned for its romantic, healing, and aesthetic qualities has found a rapidly growing international audience, and her performances include numerous benefits for humanitarian causes.
Currently, Ciani resides in Northern California where, in 1995, she established her own record label, Seventh Wave. Ciani felt the need to own and control her own creative work. "In many ways, this label represents the culmination of the long journey of my evolution as a recording artist," says Ciani.
In the eighties and early nineties, in order to finance her recording projects, Ciani brought her expertise to Madison Avenue. Her New York-based commercial production company, Ciani-Musica, Inc., was the leader in the field of sound design and TV spot scoring, creating award-winning music for a host of high profile Fortune 500 clients, including Coca-Cola, Merrill Lynch, AT&T and General Electric. Additionally, Ciani has scored the Lily Tomlin feature 'The Incredible Shrinking Woman,' and 'Mother Teresa', as well as scoring for the TV daytime serial 'One Life to Live'.
In the early nineties, Ciani relocated to northern California to concentrate on her artistic career from her seaside studio. She has toured extensively throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, including Italy, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands, and Asia.
Her many recognitions include five Grammy nominations for Best New Age Album, an INDIE award for Best New Age Album, numerous Clios, a Golden Globe, Keyboard Magazine's "New Age Keyboardist of the Year," and the 2017 Moog Innovation Award.
Ciani is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a Masters in Music Composition from the University of California at Berkeley. A Life in Waves, a documentary about Ciani’s life and work by filmmakers Brett Whitcomb and Bradford Thomason, debuted at SXSW in 2017.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
2020-- Suzanne Ciani received the A2IM Independent Icon Award
2017-- Suzanne Ciani is the first woman to be awarded the Moog Innovation Award.
2015-- Suzanne Ciani awarded the prestigious Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College - The highest honor given to alumnae for excellence and distinction in their fields of endeavor.
2014-- Kickstarter Project to make a feature-length documentary film about the life and career of Suzanne Ciani called “A Life in Waves.” Suzanne’s fans fully funded the production of the film through Kickstarter.
2013-- Suzanne Ciani inducted into the Pinball Expo Hall of Fame. Recognition for developing with Bally a pinball machine with a digital voice called Xenon.
2012 -- Suzanne Ciani inducted into the Keyboard Magazine's Hall of Fame.
2006 -- Suzanne Ciani Wins Napster Award: Most-Played Self-Published Artist, United Kingdom
2006 -- American Federation of Independent Music (Indie™) Winner -- "Silver Ship"
2001 -- MacDirectory Top Ten Award in recognition of Outstanding Vision, Leadership, and Performance
2000 -- National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence (Grammy®) Nominee -- "Turning."
1998 -- American Federation of Independent Music (Indie™) Nominee -- "Turning"
1998 -- American Federation of Independent Music (Indie™) Nominee -- "Suzanne Ciani and The Wave: LIVE!"
1997 -- Lifetime Achievement Award (Granny) by the Women in Audio Section of the Audio and Engineering Society.
1997 -- National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence (Grammy®) Nominee -- "Pianissimo II."
1996 -- National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence (Grammy®) Nominee -- "Dream Suite."
1992 -- Keyboard Magazine Best New Age Keyboardist.
1991 -- National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence (Grammy®) Nominee -- "Hotel Luna."
1988 -- National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence (Grammy®) Nominee -- "Neverland."
1987 -- National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (New York Chapter) Most Valuable Synthesizer Player Award.
1985 -- International Advertising Film Festival (Cannes) Bronze Lion Award for Excellence in Advertising.
1977-89 -- Numerous Clios (Awards for Excellence in Advertising).
1980 -- Ciani designs sounds for Xenon Pinball and becomes the first human female voice in a game
1980 -- Suzanne is the first woman hired to score a major Hollywood feature, "The Incredible Shrinking Woman," with Lily Tomlin. (Not until 1994 would another woman be hired by Hollywood!)
1977 -- Created the special electronic effects on the Buchla for platinum-selling Meco's Star Wars.
1976 -- National Endowment for the Arts Composer Grant. 1975 -- New York Creative Artists Public Service Grant.
1972 -- Ford Foundation Grant through the Mills College Center for Electronic Music.
1968-70 -- Hertz Memorial Fellowship in Music.