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. She has appeared throughout North America and Europe as recitalist and chamber musician, 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. Her recent concert tour of British Columbia included solo recitals at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Oak Bay Music in Victoria, Silk Purse Arts Gallery, and the Old Schoolhouse in Qualicum Beach. Other notable recitals have included Salle Claude-Champagne and L’Oasis Musicale in Montréal as well as St Luke’s Anglican Church in Ottawa; the Hudson Valley Piano Club in New York, Schmitt Music in Denver, and throughout her native California, including the Crocker Art Museum, Harrison Oaks Studio, Piedmont Piano Company, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; across England, including the Holywell Music Room, St Pancras Church, Bury Parish Church, the Athenaeum Club, 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; and further afield, including the Luminaria Concerts at the Chiesa di San Paolo entro le Mura in Rome.
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. The Holland Times (Amsterdam) praised the disc for “mov[ing] between old and modern material with breathtaking ease and fluency,” and La Scena Musicale (Montréal) described it as “both subtle and lyrical…poetic and complex.” Anyssa has also recorded 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 well as in concert at the Huntington Arts Festival in New York and Sevenars Festival in Massachusetts.
Active as a collaborative pianist, Anyssa performs regularly in the UK with bass-baritone Timothy Dickinson, appearing most recently at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Margaret’s Church at Westminster Abbey, Notting Hill Concerts, and the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in Oxford. In 2016-17, her American art song project with mezzo-soprano Katherine Nicholson appeared throughout London, at Music and Wine at St Luke’s in Brighton, and Les Dimanches Musicaux at the American Cathedral in Paris. Anyssa has performed with American soprano Rena Harms since 2003; most recently they gave a recital tour of England, which included recitals at 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; and concerts with the London Chamber Collective and the Alexandra Ensemble. She has also collaborated with soprano Emma Tring, violinists Jenna Sherry and Gabrielle Fink, cellists Simon Fryer and Hannah Sloane, composer Joseph Trapanese, tenor Alastair Putt, and trumpeter Jens Lindemann. As guest pianist, Anyssa toured France in 2008 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. She has also worked as a ballet pianist, most notably for dancers at the 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, the 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 to the Ingmar Bergman Archives in Stockholm as a visiting scholar, and she remains active in the field. She is currently touring a lecture-recital on the subject this year, with appearances at the 2018 Annual Conference of Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS) at UCLA and at the Ingmar Bergman: 100 Years conference at Lund University, Sweden. She has also given papers at the “Cooking History, Consuming Art” symposium in London and at SASS’s Annual Conference in New Orleans in 2016, 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. She also works as an examiner for ABRSM, maintains a private piano studio in London, and teaches piano at Bishop Thomas Grant School.