An interesting comparison of Beethoven's first Sonata performed by the same artists Tess Remy-Schumacher and Ben Davis on two sets of instruments: a Goldfuss Violoncello combined with a Steinway Grand Piano, and an electronic Cello with a Clavinova (both Yamaha).
Dr. Tess Remy-Schumacher was born in Cologne, Germany, and has studied with Boris Pergamenschikow, Maria Kliegel, Siegfried Palm, Jacqueline du Pre and William Pleeth. As a Fulbright Scholar, she studied with Lynn Harrell in his Piatigorsky class at the University of Southern California and was awarded her MM. As "most outstanding graduate of the year for performance, academic excellence and leadership," she received her DMA under the supervision of Eleonore Schoenfeld.
Dr. Remy-Schumacher has won first prizes in Germany's Jugend musiziert, New York's International Artist Competition (string division) and Rome's Carlo-Zecchi Competition with pianist Dr. Michael Staudt. She has been a concert soloist for many years performing in Asia, Australia, Europe and the U.S., including the Wigmore Hall in London, Jubilee Hall in Singapore and the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York and Bradley Hall in Chicago. In The New York Concert Review, Edith Eisler wrote about her most recent Carnegie Recital Hall performance, “Remy-Schumacher’s technique is disciplined… Her bow control and mastery of the fingerboard are complete; her intonation is excellent.” Dr. Remy also performed at the Brisbane Biennial Festival, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Contempofest (Australia), the Weatherfield Music Festival (U.S.) and the Internationaler Klaviersommer (Germany).
She has recorded for WDR, NDR and MDR (Germany), WNYC New York, K-USC Los Angeles, ABC National, Australia, MBS-FM Melbourne, Australia and Swiss and Italian television. Her CDs include her own transcriptions of Robert Schumann's "Dichterliebe" with Marcus Reissenweber and Christoph von Sicherer, works by "In Sun Cho" for the Contemporary Music Society in Seoul, Korea, Villa Lobos with guitarist Stefan Grasse, the "Ibert Cello Concerto" recorded in 1999 at Radio Hilversum combined with solo cello works by Henze, Lutoslawki, Stahlke, Magrill, and the Rachmaninov Sonata in g-minor with pianist Michael Staudt. She has released a CD of Cello Compositions by Sam Magrill and recently recorded "Trios" by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Michael Daugherty, as well as the first volume of the "Suites for Cello Solo" by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Following her appointment at James Cook University from 1992-1998, she is now a professor for cello, chamber music and historical performance practice at UCO. She is the co-founder of the UCO Outreach Music program together with Dr. Chindarat Charoenwongse. She was a Visiting Fellow Performance at Harvard University 2010-2011. For the academic year 2011-2012 she was appointed Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.
She also reviews for the national ASTA magazine.
She is cofounder with Dr. Ted Honea, and General Program Coordinator of the recently approved Center for Historical Performance Practice at UCO.
For more information, visit: www.tessremy.com
Pianist Ben Davis was born in Oklahoma City. He received his Bachelor of Piano Performance with Honors from Oklahoma City University with Ernestine Scott and undertook graduate studies in piano performance at Wichita State University with Robert Roux (currently Head of the Piano Department at Rice University, Houston).Ben Davis has been a very sought after piano technician in the Oklahoma City and metro area. He is currently on staff at the University of Central Oklahoma, School of Music.In the past he had been the pianist of the Ostromensky Trio. He also performed the major repertoire for piano trio with Dan Waters, Co Principal Cellist at the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra at the time, and Lacy McLairy, their principal concert master. In the recent past Ben Davis has been returning to performing, and received great acclaim for his chamber music performances with Boston violinist Juith Lee and Cellist Tess Remy-Schumacher.
Tess would like to thank her husband David Morris for the Cover Art, and Simone Bingemer (http://www.simonebingemer.de/index_en.html) for the cover drawing.
Tess and Ben thank recording engineer Hermann Heinrich from Germany for recording, editing and mastering the files, and Bryan Mitschell and Sun Hee Kil for their assistance.