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 Sony Classical.
She is one of an exclusive roster of pianists chose to present piano recitals in new venues in American cities and communities under the auspices of the Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series. By the end of the 2007 season, the series will have 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 the most recent of over 100 performances of this work since the beginning of her career. She has been 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, now extended to 2008 in special recognition of her teaching prominence.
Recent recordings include a Schumann album of solo works on Ivory Classics, a Chopin CD including the 24 Preludes and the Sonata in b minor on MSR Classics, and a recording of the Walton Violin and Piano Sonata with violinist Herbert Greenberg on the Delos label.
During the 2006-07 season she has performed concertos of Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms in major cities across the United States in a continuing series of appearances. During the summer of 2007 she has appeared in the Great Lakes Festival, the Indiana Piano Festival, the Kent-Blossom Festival, and the Eastern Festival as well as the Aspen Festival, in a combination of solo recitals, chamber music, and master classes.
She is married to Earl Carlyss who, for over 20 years, was second violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet. He is currently in charge of the freshman Seminar for String Quartet Literature at the Juilliard School, and has served as Director of the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies since 1984. Earl Carlyss and Ann Schein often perform as a Duo, and in many chamber music appearances throughout each season.