Eva Schaumkell – Biography

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.

Together with her duo partner Vijay Venkatesh, she formed the Vieness Piano Duo in 2017.  A tour of California in 2018 led to performances at the famous Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center in Los Angeles,  Steinway Gallery Beverly Hills, Richard Nixon Library, and Encinitas Wednesday’s at Noon Series. Vieness ushered in the 2019/2020 season with their Germany debut at Kultur unter’m Dach in Frankfurt, followed by travels across the United States with performances in New York, Chicago, LA, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, as well as tours of Canada and China.  

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.

In addition to her career as a concert pianist, 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).