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Anyssa, smiling, b&w photo

Raised in Sacramento, California, American pianist Anyssa Neumann has been praised for the “clarity, charm, and equipoise” of her performances, which span solo and collaborative repertoire from the Baroque to the 21st century. In December 2010, she released her solo debut album of works by Bach, Beethoven, Messiaen, and Prokofiev, which was featured on David Dubal’s radio program The Piano Matters in New York and Chicago. Concerts during the 2017-18 season include solo recitals in London, Manchester, Rome, Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa as well as in California; recitals in the UK with soprano Emma Tring and bass-baritone Timothy Dickinson; and an exploration of American art song with mezzo-soprano Katherine Nicholson in London, Brighton, and Paris.

Anyssa has appeared extensively as soloist and collaborative pianist, with performances in the United States, Canada, England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Sweden. A dedicated performer of the Bach keyboard repertoire, she has given all-Bach recitals at The Banff Centre, the Sacramento Bach Festival, and London’s Blackheath Halls and St James Piccadilly. Additionally, she has given recitals at Salle Claude-Champagne (Montréal), the Hudson Valley Piano Club (New York), and Greenfield Hall (New York); throughout her native California, including at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento Turn Verein, Trinity Chamber Concerts, Forte House, Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Harrison Oaks Studio, and California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo; and across England, including at the Holywell Music Room, St Pancras Church, St Clement Danes, Hampstead Parish Church, and the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in Oxford, where she gave the UK premiere of Christopher Cerrone’s “Hoyt-Schermerhorn” (2010) for piano and live electronics in 2016. She has additionally appeared at New York’s Steinway Hall, Huntington Arts Festival (New York), Borden Auditorium (New York), Kosciuszko Foundation (New York), Sevenars Festival (Massachusetts), Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre (UK), Norden Farm Arts Centre (UK), Pushkin House (UK), Regent’s Hall (UK), Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at the Royal College of Music (UK), St Olave’s Hart Street (UK), Sevenoaks International Chamber Music Festival (UK), Hochschule für Musik—Würzburg (Germany), Bach-Archiv Leipzig (Germany), and Centro Cultural Hospitalillo (Spain).

Anyssa has appeared as recital partner with Grammy Award-winning cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio of the Eroica Trio. Their 2004 studio recording, Dreaming, has been broadcast on radio stations throughout the United States, and the duo has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today and Sirius Satellite Radio. As guest pianist, Anyssa toured France with the Sheba Ensemble, an all-female, New York-based chamber group specializing in traditional Jewish music infused with jazz, classical music, and bossa nova. Since 2003, she has been the regular recital partner of American soprano Rena Harms; most recently they gave a recital tour of England, which included an artist residency and recitals at Sophie’s Barn in Banbury, Merton College Oxford, and Queen’s Gate Terrace in London, sponsored by the Vernon Ellis Foundation. Other collaborations have included recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Toronto’s Mazzoleni Hall with Canadian violinist Yolanda Bruno; recitals with violinist Amy Tress in the UK; and concerts with the London Chamber Collective, of which she was a founding member. She has also collaborated with violinists Jenna Sherry and Gabrielle Fink, cellists Simon Fryer and Hannah Sloane, composer Joseph Trapanese, tenor Alastair Putt, and trumpeter Jens Lindemann, with whom she shared a piano bench at Banff in July 2011. As a ballet pianist, she has worked with dancers at New York Theatre Ballet, Columbia University, and Deane Dance Center in California.

Anyssa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music under Marc Silverman and her Master’s Degree in musicology and performance from Oxford University. She pursued advanced studies with Fabio Bidini in Berlin, Germany, and with Paul Stewart at Université de Montréal on full scholarship. Anyssa has performed in master classes with Thomas Adès, Rita Wagner, and András Keller at IMS Prussia Cove and with Mitsuko Uchida, Marc Durand, Julian Martin, Ronan O’Hora, Andre-Michel Schub, Joseph Kalichstein, Russell Sherman, and Jon Nakamatsu. She has participated in music festivals throughout the USA and Europe, including the Aspen Music Festival and School, PianoSummer at New Paltz, International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes School of Music, the International Academy of Music in Italy, and the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden. In 2010, she was one of ten pianists from around the world selected to take part in a week-long Beethoven Seminar and Masterclass with Anton Kuerti at The Banff Centre. She has since held Artist Residencies at the Centre in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2016.

In January 2017, Anyssa completed a PhD in musicology at King’s College London as a recipient of the King’s Overseas Research Studentship, focusing on pre-existing music in the films of Ingmar Bergman. Her doctoral work twice took her the Ingmar Bergman Archives in Stockholm as a visiting scholar, and she remains active in the field, recently giving papers at the “Cooking History, Consuming Art” symposium in London and at the 106th Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS) in New Orleans, supported by the Royal Musical Association and King’s College London. Additionally, Anyssa has published on Glenn Gould in voiceXchange, written liner notes for Naxos International Records, and taught music history at Oxford University. A keen educator, she maintains a private piano studio in London and teaches piano at Bishop Thomas Grant School.

 

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