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Elizabeth Schumann

Third Prize Winner

Senior Division

Third Canadian Chopin Competition, 2010

Pianist Elizabeth Schumann has a diverse career portfolio of projects, recordings, and performances which have brought her all over the world as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. The Washington Post noted her playing as “deft, relentless, and devastatingly good—the sort of performance you experience not so much with your ears as your solar plexus.”

The first place winner of both the Bösendorfer International Piano Competition and the Pacific International Piano Competition, Elizabeth has won over 25 prizes and awards in other major national and  international competitions, including the Cleveland International Piano Competition and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Elizabeth was honored with the prestigious Gilmore Young Artists Award,  and was highlighted in a PBS Television documentary on the Gilmore Festival.

Carrying on the pedagogical tradition of her teacher, Sergei Babayan, Elizabeth is currently the Billie Bennett Achilles Director of Keyboard Studies at Stanford University, where she focuses on integrating classical music training with strategies from neuroscience, psychology, biomechanics, and ergonomics. Her research aims to improve training and practice methods to develop skilled, resilient performers, with a broader goal of applying these insights to life beyond music. She served on faculty at  Itzhak Perlman’s Perlman Music Program, Summer and Winter Performing Arts at Juilliard, and the Crowden Chamber Workshop. She is the owner and director of the Schumann Studio, a classical recording space in San Francisco.

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