As young children, Elizabeth and Sonya shared cacophonous practice time on their family’s second-hand spinet piano. Finally, their mother gave in and purchased another! The furious practicing which ensued resulted in prizes in major national and international piano competitions for both, and eventually led to a dynamic and harmonic musical and theatrical collaboration between the sisters.
The sisters’ piano duo evolved out of their shared passions for music, literature, and drama. A dynamic combination of storytelling and piano playing, their performances give deeper expression to words and make the profound experience of classical music accessible to audiences of all ages.
The sisters share a kinetic connection with their audience, providing an opportunity for listeners to enter the world of the composers through artistic excellence, innovative programming, and insightful narration. Often receiving standing ovations, this duo was called “attractive, unique, and immensely engaging” by the Fine Arts Initiative, and has been garnering international attention since their debut.
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Enoch Arden, excerpt
words by Alfred Lord Tennyson
music by Richard Strauss
Recitation: Sonya Schumann
Piano: Elizabeth Schumann
Finale from Carnival of the Animals
by Camille Saint-Saëns
Elizabeth & Sonya Schumann, Piano