VIENESS PIANO DUO
Learn more about Vieness and pianists Eva Schaumkell & Vijay Venkatesh.
Vieness PianO Duo
For years, 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. Highlights of their 18/19 season included appearances on the series of Kultur unter'm Dach in Germany, Le Salon de Musiques at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, L'ermitage Foundation, Summer Stars at Ocean Grove, and the Music Guild of LA. Vieness will start the 2019/2020 season with performances across the USA and abroad in California, Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Canada as well as a 3-week tour of the Midwestern United States.
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.
Ms. Schaumkell has performed in such notable venues in the UK as Steinway Hall London, the Luton Music Club, Buckingham Palace, and at the City of London Festival, as well as Stadthalle Weilburg, Kurhaus Bad Schwalbach, Coselpalais Dresden in Germany, and the MusicAlp Festival in Courchevel, France. Recent hightlights include performances of Schumann’s piano concerto with the London Spring Sinfonia at St. Sepulchre in London, solo recitals at the International Summer Academy of Music in Germany, and a performance of Beethoven’s first piano concerto with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra lead by Maestro Ahmed El Saedi, at the Cairo Opera House in Egypt.
At age 16, she received a full-tuition scholarship to the Purcell School for Young Musicians in the UK, where she studied with Tessa Nicholson. In 2012, she received her Bachelor of Music from the Guildhall School in London, where her teacher was Peter Bithell, and in 2014, she completed a Master of Music degree with distinction at the Hochschule für Musik Dresden, studying with Winfried Apel. Ms. Schaumkell is currently a Doctoral student of the renowned pianist and teacher Daniel Pollack at the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, where she is also a Teaching Assistant.
Eva Schaumkell has received important artistic guidance from pianists such as Cyprien Katsaris, Pascal Devoyon, Vanessa Latarche, Dmitri Alexeev, Dominique Merlet, Victor Rosenbaum, Ivari Ilja, Norman Krieger, and Jeffrey Kahane.
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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 on three continents as a pianist with profound musicianship, sparkling pianism and an innate sense of partnership.
Mr. Venkatesh has rapidly established a major international reputation as top prizewinner in the San Jose, Seattle, Zimmerli, World Piano, and Waring International Piano Competitions. Highlights of his 2019-20 season include a multi-city tour of California, and performances in Colorado, Oregon, New York, Washington D.C., and Canada. An immersive and versatile soloist, Mr. Venkatesh has performed extensively across the United States and Europe as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Seattle, Vienna, Sarasota, Redlands, Roanoke, Eastern Connecticut, YMF Debut, USC Thornton, IU Jacobs, UC Irvine, Pasadena, Rio Hondo, South Coast, Transylvania, and the Brevard Music Center. He has collaborated with preeminent conductors such as Jeffrey Kahane, Ludovic Morlot, David Lockington, David Stewart Wiley, Toshiyuki Shimada, Ken Lam, and more.
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.
As recitalist, Mr. Venkatesh has performed at Merkin Hall in New York, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess series, and at the Aspen, Brevard, Banff, Newport, Redlands Bowl, Sarasota, and Vienna Music Festivals. As recipient of the inaugural Parnassus Society Prize he performed in recital at the Soka Performing Arts Center.
An active chamber musician, Venkatesh has appeared eight times on Le Salon de Musiques at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and tours as the Vieness Piano Duo with his wife and pianist, Eva Schaumkell. They will begin the 2019/2020 season together with Kultur unter'm Dach in Germany, followed by 40 performances across the US culminating in a 3-week tour of the Midwest. As pianist in the Aristeia Trio, Gold Medalists of the Frances Walton International Chamber Music Competition, they embarked on a 30-concert tour of Washington, and appeared twice on KING-FM 89.1 FM.
Mr. Venkatesh has also been invited to teach masterclasses at the Roanoke University in Virginia and Emory University in Atlanta.
Originally from California, Mr. Venkatesh currently pursues an Artist Diploma at the Colburn School in Los Angeles with Fabio Bidini. He holds degrees from USC Thornton and IU Jacobs School of Music, where he was a recipient of the Barbara and David Jacobs Fellowship under the tutelage of Norman Krieger and André Watts. He previously studied with Jeffrey Kahane and has received artistic guidance from Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Menahem Pressler, and Murray Perahia.