Ann Schein

1963 Washington DC, Chopin concerto #2 with Princess Beatrix, and The White House

Irving Lowens, Washington Evening Star, April 17, 1963

“For Ann Schein, the all-Chopin group which she chose was a foreshadowing of her appearance Sunday in Constitution Hall, where she is to play the Chopin f minor Concerto with the Hague Philharmonic conducted by Willem van Otterloo….She already has achieved international kudos as a Chopin interpreter. One of her most enthusiastic fans is Arthur Rubinstein. Her Chopin is a rare combination of poetry and strength, its lines firmly shaped and its internal architecture crystal-clear. There are very few pianists who can equal this sort of exquisite Chopin playing. The brief concert was a genuine musical event and one of the most impressive displays of young American musicianship to be heard in the White house…after President Kennedy took office.”

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Paul Hume, Washington Post, April 17, 1963

“Ann Schein began the music with a Chopin group that included the f minor Ballade and a Nocturne and an Etude in c-sharp minor. Today she is a mature artist, musically alert and poised with a distinctive personality in her playing. Her Ballade was full of nuance, a sensitive account in which phrase after phrase glowed with meaning. The Nocturne was equally persuasive and the Etude a demonstration of controlled power. In addition to her technical finesse, I was struck by the fact that Miss Schein drew the loveliest singing tone I have heard anyone achieve on the White House Steinway.”

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