Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
Pianist Elizabeth Schumann will conclude this year’s series with a recital at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10, at Hudson Hall. In addition to Liszt and Beethoven, the program will feature the visionary Piano Sonata No. 3 by Australian composer Carl Vine. This work was commissioned by Schumann as part of the Gilmore award.
Schumann has a diverse career portfolio of projects, recordings, and performances which have brought her all over the world as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. The Washington Post Magazine noted her playing as “deft, relentless, and devastatingly good—the sort of performance you experience not so much with your ears as your solar plexus.”
First place winner of both the Bösendorfer International Piano Competition and the Pacific International Piano Competition, Schumann has won over 25 prizes and awards in other major national and international competitions, including the Cleveland International Piano Competition and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. She was honored with the prestigious Gilmore Young Artists Award, and was highlighted in a PBS Television documentary on the Gilmore Festival.
Schumann has performed solo recitals and chamber music concerts worldwide, in such venues as the Kennedy Center, Vienna’s Bösendorfer Saal, Toronto’s Koerner Hall, and Montreal’s Place des Arts. Featured at the International UNICEF benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina Victims, the Cannes Film Festival, the Gilmore Festival, Australia’s Huntington Festival, the Musica Viva chamber music series, the Ravinia “Rising Stars” Series, and National Public Radio's “Performance Today”, her recitals have been broadcast live on public radio and television in cities around the world, including Washington D.C., New York, Sydney, Cleveland, Montréal, Dallas, and Chicago.
Fascinated with contemporary music, Schumann is a frequent performer of 21st century works, most recently performing the World Premieres of award winning Canadian Composer Hugues Leclair’s American Haikus (2010) and acclaimed Austrian Composer Gernot Wolfgang’s Passage to Vienna for Piano Trio (2012). After commissioning Australian Composer Carl Vine to write his Piano Sonata No. 3, she gave the continental premiere performances of the piece in America, Europe, Africa, and Australia.
Passionate about creating public access to the arts, Schumann founded Piano Theatre, an artist group formed to engage audiences with innovative combinations of classical music, theatre, literature, art and technology. Piano Theatre’s recent tours of the US, Canada and Australia were acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. In 2011, concerned with the declining funding for arts education in the United States, she devised and directed Piano Carnival, a project to introduce free, high quality classical concert music to children in areas without arts education.
In 2012, Schumman became president of Project Classical, Inc.¸ a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support artist led initiatives that encourage public education and appreciation of classical music, art and literature.