“It’s inexplicable – this passion, this intensity one has for an art form.”
– Nina Schumann (2002)
Great Interpreters: Nina Schumann
Broadcast on Fine Music Radio on 10 August 2012.
Widely regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost pianists, I am fortunate to know Schumann not only as a teacher and colleague, but also as a close friend. Whether in her highly charged performances of the Rachmaninoff or Beethoven piano concerti (that represent but a few of the more than 40 concertos in her repertoire), her internationally acclaimed performances with her husband and piano duo partner Luis Magalhães, or her numerous solo and chamber music performances, Schumann thrills the listener with a refinement of sound and the utmost sensitivity and brilliance as a musician. These traits as a performer are perhaps only eclipsed by her warmth and sense of humour as a human being and her commitment, through projects such as the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival or her work as Head of Piano at Stellenbosch University, to ensuring that young South African musicians are exposed to training and music-making of an international standard.
For a complete biography of Nina Schumann or to view her discography, please visit TwoPianists Records.
Here is Schumann in a “live” performance from 1999 of the Sonata Reminiscenza by Medtner: