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"Vijay Venkatesh and Eva Schaumkell, at the height of their abilities combine the profane and sacred, nature and poetry – they transcend whatever they touch." - Star-Ledger, New Jersey
Impeccable synchronized timing,
a symbiotic intellectual command of line and score and just the right amount of power to push their charisma to the fore bringing the audience to its feet: Vieness, comprising of pianists, Vijay Venkatesh and Eva Schaumkell, wore their hearts on their sleeves and took many of us along to rejoice with them."
The Vieness Piano Duo from Los Angeles has enthralled audiences in their electric and captivating performances of a wide range of repertoire. Their intuition for conversation coupled with a commanding stage presence has made them regularly in demand throughout the world. Founded in 2017 at the University of Southern California, Vieness begins the 2022-23 season at the Athena Foundation of the Arts (CA), Camerata Musica (WA), Classical Movements (VA), Covington Recital Series (CA), Crystal Theatre (MI), DaCamera Society (CA), Irvine Performing Arts Center (CA), L'ermitage Foundation (CA), Opera Steamboat Piano Series (CO), Music Guild (CA), Muzewest Concerts (Canada), Ridgecrest Chamber Society (CA), Sarasota Artists Series (FL), South Bay Chamber Music Society (CA), Second City Chamber Series (WA), Soka Performing Arts Center (CA), and more.
German pianist Eva Schaumkell has performed in the United States, the Middle East, and throughout Europe with "interpretational skills that combine intuition with analytical sense and remarkable musical maturity." Ms. Schaumkell was awarded first prize at the 2018 International James Ramos Competition, at the 2014 International Siegfried Weishaupt Piano Competition in Germany, and second prize at the 2015 Coeur d'Alene Young Artist Competition. She has also been awarded prizes at the Thürmer Piano Competition in Bochum, and as both a soloist and chamber musician at the national Jugend Musiziert competition. In addition, she was awarded a Thornton Music Scholarship, the Carl Maria von Weber Scholarship as part of the 2014 Deutschlandstipendium, as well as the Drosihn Förderpreis scholarship.
Hailed by the Herald-Tribune for his "dazzling pianism verging on the impossible, effortless technical command and authority with a sense of poetry and refinement that belies his years," Indian-American pianist Vijay Venkatesh has been recognized as a pianist with profound musicianship, sparkling pianism and an innate sense of partnership. Venkatesh has rapidly established a major international reputation as top prizewinner in the San Jose, Seattle, Zimmerli, World Piano, and Waring International Piano Competitions. Mr. Venkatesh has been named a Davidson Fellow Laureate at the Library of Congress, USC Thornton's Discovery Scholar, Grand Prize Winner of the Los Angeles Music Center's Spotlight Awards and featured on MPR's Performance Today® and NPR's "From the Top."
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