Pianist ANN SCHAEFER enjoys an active performing career in the Boston area and abroad. Schaefer is artistic director of the Boston Art Song Society, an organization dedicated to producing intimate concert experiences that highlight the expressive power of the marriage of poetry and music. She is currently a staff pianist at the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.
In residence at the Banff Centre, Schaefer performed the clarinet trio repertoire of Brahms, Beethoven, and Mozart. She served as a collaborative piano fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where she was featured in the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music. She has also performed at the DiMenna Center in New York in collaboration with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, at the Kennedy Center, and at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she returned for her third season as orchestral keyboard fellow. In Aspen, Schaefer performed Vitali Chaconne and selections from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with violinist Sarah Chang and was featured as a soloist with the Aspen Chamber Symphony in a performance of Richard Strauss’s Le bourgeois gentilhomme. Schaefer serves as substitute keyboardist for both the New World Symphony and the Cape Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas and Jung-Ho Pak, respectively. As an orchestral keyboardist, she has worked with conductors Robert Spano, Vasily Petrenko, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Stern, David Robertson, Bramwell Tovey, Ludovic Morlot, Markus Stenz, and Cristian Măcelaru, among others.
Schaefer’s mentors have included Javier Arrebola, Anne Epperson, Arnaldo Cohen, Peter Takács, and Marc Ryser. She has studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, and at the Boston University College of Fine Arts. Schaefer is an alumnus of both the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
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