Eva Schaumkell – Biography


German pianist Eva Schaumkell has performed in the United States and throughout Europe with ‘interpretational skills that combine intuition with analytical sense and remarkable musical maturity.’ Ms. Schaumkell was recently awarded first prize at the 2014 International Siegfried Weishaupt Piano Competition in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and second prize at the 2015 Coeur d’Alene Young Artist Competition in the U.S. She has also been awarded prizes at various competitions including 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 the Carl Maria von Weber Scholarship as part of the 2014 Germany Scholarship Program, as well as the Drosihn Förderpreis scholarship awarded by the Lions Club Wiesbaden.

Ms. Schaumkell has performed in such notable venues in the United Kingdom as Steinway Hall London, the Luton Music Club, Buckingham Palace, and at the City of London Festival. She has also presented performances at Stadthalle Weilburg, Kurhaus Bad Schwalbach, Coselpalais Dresden, and the MusicAlp Festival in Courchevel, France, amongst others. In 2012, she performed Schumann’s piano concerto with the London Spring Sinfonia at St. Sepulchre National Musicians’ Church. Performance highlights in 2015 included solo recitals at the International Summer Academy of Music in Baden-Würrtemberg, 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.

Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, Ms. Schaumkell began her music studies at the age of 6 with Bernd Ottersbach, and later with Ulrich Meining at the Musik-und Kunstschule Wiesbaden. She received a full-tuition scholarship to continue her studies at the Purcell School for Young Musicians in the United Kingdom, where she studied with Tessa Nicholson. In 2012, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama 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 ‘Carl Maria von Weber,’ studying with Winfried Apel. Ms. Schaumkell is currently a Doctoral student of Daniel Pollack at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.

Eva Schaumkell has received important artistic guidance from renowned pianists such as Andreas Pistorius, Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy and Sigrid Lehmstedt with whom she has worked in master classes and at festivals.  She has also participated in the Weimar masterclasses at Franz Liszt’s house, with Cyprien Katsaris; the MusicAlp Festival in Courchevel, France, with Pascal Devoyon; the Dresden Masterclasses, with Daniel Pollack; and the International Summer Academy of Music in Baden-Würrtemberg, with both Daniel Pollack and Lily Dorfman. During her studies in London, Schaumkell was selected to perform in masterclasses with Vanessa Latarche, Dmitri Alexeev, Dominique Merlet, Victor Rosenbaum, and Ivari Ilja, and in Los Angeles with Jeffrey Kahane.

In addition to her activities as a soloist, Ms. Schaumkell is also a passionate chamber musician and dedicated teacher. She is currently a Teaching Assistant at the University of Southern California and a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music Teachers).