• Vieness Piano Duo

  • A classical piano evening like you've never seen before the award-winning husband and wife duo enchant audiences with mesmerizing melodies and thrilling virtuosity in this evening of piano music for two. Experience the extraordinary coordination of 4 hands tackling 1 piano in favorite selections of classical repertoire.

    Vieness Piano Duo Bio:

    Hailed as performers with ‘impeccable synchronized timing’ and "staggering technical prowess combined with emotional depth", Vieness Piano Duo 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.  Vijay Venkatesh and Eva Schaumkell together performedover 50 recitals last season such as the Summer Stars Series (NJ), In Concert Series, the Trinity Concert Series, the Music Guild, Le Salon de Musiques at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Camerata Musica (WA), Grand Piano Series (FL), Lancaster Performing Arts Center (CA), L'ermitage Foundation (CA), Sarasota Artists Series (FL), Second City Chamber Series (WA), Tassel Performing Arts Center (NE), Steamboat Opera (CO), Vicente Chamber Orchestra, Waring Gala, as well as a 3-week tour of the Midwest and concerts in Germany. They recently made their duo debut at SOKA Performing Arts Center as soloists with the South Coast Symphony under the baton of Barry Silverman. In addition to their performing activitiesthe husband and wife team regularly teach master classes, most recently in Vancouver, BC, at Pacific Lutheran University, WA, and at the State College of Florida, Sarasota. Vieness Duo are featured guest artists on Silver sea and Cunard Cruise Lines.

  • Eva Bio:

    Eva Schaumkell is established on three continents as a brilliant soloist and collaborator praised for her “astonishing combination of depth of expression and thrilling virtuosity afforded to only a few” by the Nassauische Neue Presse. Dr. Schaumkell garnered immediate international acclaim after winning Gold Medals in five competitions including the International James Ramos, International Siegfried Weishaupt, Coeur d’Alene, Thürmer, and Jugend Musiziert competitions. She is a recipient of the Carl Maria von Weber Scholarship, the Deutschlandstipendium, and the Drosihn Prize.   

    ‚ÄčA charismatic soloist, Schaumkell’s career has led to invitations from Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Steinway Hall London, Buckingham Palace, City of London Festival, ISAM in Germany, London Spring Sinfonia, and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. 

    Dr. Schaumkell earned her Doctorate with distinction under the guidance of Daniel Pollack at USC Thornton. She also holds degrees from the Hochschule für Musik Dresden and the Guildhall School in London.

    Vijay Bio:

    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,” pianist Vijay Venkatesh has won Gold Medals in the San Jose, Seattle, Zimmerli, and Waring International Piano Competitions. He has been honored as a Davidson Fellow at the Library of Congress, Grand Prize Winner of the Music Center’s Spotlight Awards and featured on NPR’s “From the Top.” 

    Mr. Venkatesh has performed as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess series, and at the Aspen, Brevard, Banff, Newport, Redlands Bowl, Sarasota, and Vienna Music Festivals. As a recipient of the Parnassus Society Prize, he performed in recital at the Soka Performing Arts Center. 

    He holds degrees from the Colburn School, USC Thornton and IU Jacobs, studying with Fabio Bidini, Norman Krieger, Jeffrey Kahane, Menahem Pressler, and Murray Perahia. Venkatesh’s career is generously supported by the Amron-Sutherland Grant.