About Ann Schein, the Washington Post has written “Thank heaven for Ann Schein…what a relief it is to hear a pianist who, with no muss or fuss, simply reaches right into the heart of whatever she is playing – and creates music so powerful you cannot tear yourself away.”
From her first recordings for Kapp Records, and her highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital debut as an artist on the Sol Hurok roster, Ann Schein’s amazing career has earned her high praise in major American and European cities and in more than 50 countries around the world.
She has performed with conductors including George Szell, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, James dePreist, David Zinman, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, and Sir Colin Davis, and with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Washington National Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at the White House during the Kennedy administration.
In 1980-81, Ann Schein extended the legacy of her teachers, Mieczyslaw Munz, Arthur Rubinstein, and Dame Myra Hess performing 6 concerts of the major Chopin repertoire in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall throughout an entire season to outstanding reviews and sold-out houses, the first Chopin cycle presented in New York in 35 years.
With the great soprano, Jessye Norman, she has appeared in cities across the United States, as well as a tour in Brazil. The artists are featured in songs of Alban Berg on the Sony Classical label.
She is one of an exclusive roster of pianists chosen to present piano recitals in new venues in American cities and communities under the auspices of the Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series. The series has already sponsored 103 recitals in 25 communities in 19 states.
From 1980 to 2000, she was on the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She has been an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1984. Her performance of the Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto during the 2006 season with conductor Joseph Silverstein was one of the most recent of over 100 performances of this work she has given since the beginning of her career. She was chosen to hold the Victoria and Ronald Simms Chair, awarded to a member of the Aspen piano faculty for two years, for the summers of 2006 and 2007, extended to 2008 in special recognition of her teaching prominence.
In December, 2007, she performed the 3rd Rachmaninoff Concerto in Bloomington, IN and in June, 2008, she played Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with conductor Stephen Simon in Falmouth, Massachusetts. In July, 2008, she appeared in the Masterworks Festival in Indiana with the 4th Concerto of Beethoven as well as in numerous appearances throughout the Aspen Music Festival during the 2008 season.
Concerts in the 2008-09 season included performances and master classes in Beijing and Seoul, Korea, as well as appearances across the United States in Nebraska, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Colorado, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, and New York. She performed twice as pianist of the Mannes Trio at the Mannes School in New York during the 2008-09 season as well as teaching at Indiana University as Visiting Professor throughout the 2008-09 school year.
Her recent recordings include an album of solo Schumann works on Ivory Classics, featuring the Arabeske, the Humoreske, and the Davidsbündlertänze. An all-Chopin CD on MSR Classics includes the 24 Preludes, Opus 28, and the 3rd Sonata in b minor, Opus 58. In December, 2008, honoring the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter, MSR Classics released her recording of American works, including Elliott Carter’s 1945-46 Piano Sonata, the Copland Piano Variations, the Copland Sonata for Violin and Piano with Earl Carlyss, violinist. A new work by John Patitucci, “Lakes”, written for her, is also featured.
From 2007 to 2010, she served on the jury of the Irving S. Gilmore Keyboard Festival, culminating in the naming of Kirill Gerstein as winner of the prestigious 2010 Gilmore Artist Award.
Throughout the 2010 season she has celebrated the Bicentennial of both Chopin and Schumann in performances, master classes and lectures across the United States, including New York, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Massachusetts, Colorado, Kansas and Michigan. In October, she performed the Schumann Concerto in Baltimore with the Concert Artists of Baltimore conducted by Edward Polochick.
In the June-July 2010 issue of American Music Teacher, in an article entitled “Chopin, The Voice of the Piano” written by the renowned author and musicologist Alan Walker, her Chopin Etude, Opus 10, No. 12, which she recorded for Kapp Records in 1958, was recommended for special listening.
She has received many distinguished honors for her Chopin performances and recordings. The Marston label has included her Nouvelle Etude in A-flat Major recorded for Kapp Records in 1958 in their special collection of outstanding Chopin performances, entitled “A Century of Romantic Chopin”, and chosen by Gregor Benko and Ward Marston where her biography reads, “Ann Schein was trained in her native United States, where she studied with both Mieczyslaw Munz and Arthur Rubinstein. Her first recordings, made when she was 18 and 19, established her as one of the premiere Chopin pianists of our time.”
“The weekend musical pleasures included an all-Schumann program from the Concert Artists of Baltimore on Saturday...The program offered a neat balance of familiar and rare repertoire. Representing the familiar was the Piano Concerto, which featured the exuberant Ann Schein...[She] demonstrated more than just the chops for the concerto; she had a way of enlivening well-worn phrases, of maintaining interest as well as momentum...Schein’s playing was…filled with character throughout. The pianist was attentively partnered by conductor Edward Polochick...”
Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun
October 18, 2010