Raised in Sacramento and based in London, 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. Recent highlights include recitals in Rome, Paris, Montreal, Ottawa, Denver, and throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. A dedicated contrapuntalist, she has given all-Bach recitals at The Banff Centre, the Sacramento Bach Festival, and London’s St James Piccadilly. Described as “subtle and lyrical…poetic and complex” (La Scena Musicale), her solo debut album of works by Bach, Beethoven, Messiaen, and Prokofiev was featured on David Dubal’s radio program The Piano Matters in New York and Chicago.
Anyssa performs regularly in the UK with bass-baritone Timothy Dickinson; their current project explores Don Quixote-inspired songs and arias. Other recent collaborations have included concerts with sopranos Rena Harms and Emma Tring, recitals of American art song with mezzo-soprano Katherine Nicholson, and duo recitals with violinist Yolanda Bruno at London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields and Toronto’s Mazzoleni Hall. Anyssa has also appeared as recital partner with Grammy Award-winning cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio (Eroica Trio), as guest pianist with the Sheba Ensemble, and on NPR’s Performance Today and Sirius Satellite Radio.
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Oxford University, Anyssa continued advanced studies with Fabio Bidini in Berlin and Paul Stewart at Université de Montréal, and has additionally worked with Thomas Adès and Rita Wagner at IMS Prussia Cove. In 2017, she completed a PhD in musicology at King’s College London, focusing on pre-existing music in the films of Ingmar Bergman. She is currently touring a lecture-recital about Bergman’s use of classical music, with appearances in the UK, Sweden, Spain, Canada, and the United States.