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The Schumann Duo

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 Schumann duo has performed in venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Red Rocks Chamber Music Festival, Musica Viva, and the Gilmore Festival, and has given workshops at the Australian National University, Music Teachers’ National Association, LexArts, and the Piano Arts Consortium.


Called “attractive, unique, and immensely engaging” by the Fine Arts Initiative, the sisters share a kinetic connection with their audience. A dynamic combination of storytelling and piano performance, the Schumann Duo provides an opportunity for listeners to enter the world of the composers through artistic excellence, innovative programming, and insightful narration.


Selected offerings for narrator and piano

The Story of Babar

Enoch Arden

a melodrama

an entertainment

​Carnival of the Animals:
suite of poetry and music

Peter and the Wolf

Mon Coeur Qui Bat

for actress and pianist

music by Francis Poulenc

words by Jean de Brunhoff

​music by Richard Strauss

poetry by Alfred Lord Tennyson

music by William Walton
poetry by Edith Sitwell

music by Saint Saens​
poetry by Christopher Steger

text/music ​by Sergei Prokofiev

music by Hugues Leclair

poetry by Jean-Pierre Siméon

Selected offerings for two pianists

Paganini Variations


Sonata for 4-Hands

“I Got Rhythm” Variations

Hungarian Dances


Dolly suite, opus 56     

Epigraphes Antiques 

Jeux D’enfants, opus 22

Witold Lutoslawski

Dimitri Shostakovich

Francis Poulenc

George Gershwin

Johannes Brahms

Darius Milhaud      
Gabriel Faure   
Claude Debussy   

Georges Bizet

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

Photo credit: Richie Wireman

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