INTRODUCING THE ARTIST:
Thomas Schumacher has enjoyed a distinguished career throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, and the Orient as a recitalist and as soloist with such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Washington National Symphony,Tokyo Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and Warsaw Philharmonic. His New York appearances have elicited high praise from critics, the Times calling him “…an enormous talent. He is able to make the keyboard sing, and that, God knows, is a gift as treasurable as it is rare!” Winthrop Sargeant in the New Yorker wrote”…Mr. Schumacher is a performer on sensitive style, and a special kind of intellectual insight which permitted him to delineate the phrases of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 8 with admirable clarity and then to hold together the intricacies of Scriabin’s Sonata No. 9, so that what often seems a wandering, incoherent work, becomes clearly intelligible.” After his premiere of David Diamond’s Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, Harriet Johnson of the Post reported “…He made a profound impression as an artist, and produced some of the most beautiful keyboard tones ever heard here.” A native of Butte, Montana, where he received his early training with Fisher Thompson, he continued his studies in New York at the Manhattan School of Music with Robert Goldsand and later at Juilliard, where his teachers were Beveridge Webster and Adele Marcus. Graduating with the highest honors from both schools, his accolades included the Harold Bauer Award, the Frank Damrosch Scholarship, the Morris Loeb Memorial Prize, the Alan Memorial Award in Piano. A Busoni International Piano Competition prize winner in 1962, he made his New York debut the following year. He is currently a professor of piano at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 82; Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 103
Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68; Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53;