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 will start the 2020/2021 season with virtual and in-person performances across the USA in California, Washington, Florida, Oregon, and New Jersey as well as a 3-week tour of the Midwestern United States.
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 NPR's "From the Top," with host Christopher O'Riley.
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 Video Competition, at the 2014 International Siegfried Weishaupt Piano Competition in Germany, and second prize at the 2015 Coeur d'Alene Young Artist Competition in the U.S. 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.