London based collaborative pianist Saundra Schiller is active as a recitalist, repetiteur, and teacher.
In December of 2013, as a vocal accompanist, Ms. Schiller made her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Hall. She also recently performed new works in concert with the New York Opera Exchange in Time Square’s Old Paramount Building, in the Dramatists Guild Loewe room. Ms. Schiller performed a spring recital with clarinet, singers, and violin featuring Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and Ravel’s violin sonata, as well as a production of Faust, directed by Thomas Muraco and Carol Castel, at the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to her coaching duties, she arranged and performed a two-piano reduction of the orchestral score and previously did the same for a 2011 production of Lucia di Lammermoor with Brazilian director Livia Sabag.
In the summer of 2011, Ms. Schiller accompanied Martha Guth, 2007 winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, in a Vancouver recital. She has performed the celesta in Respighi’s Trittico Botticelliano and in Mozart’s Die Zauberﬂote (The Magic Flute), in collaboration with conductor Daniel Myssyk; her orchestral experience also includes Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, as well as Puccini’s Suor Angelica.
Through her intensive training and collaborations in piano trios and quartets at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont, she gained invaluable knowledge through the expertise and mentoring of chamber musicians such as Kevin Lawrence, Alexander Ezerman and Paul Orgel. Ms. Schiller incorporates her love for performing chamber music in many interactive recitals, especially in retirement homes in Virginia. In these recitals she and her colleagues perform classical chamber music as well as standard popular songs, giving the elderly audiences the opportunity to sing along to their old favorites.
Her background also entails a range of choral singing, including Carmina Burana during the Beijing Olympics with the National Chinese Orchestra conducted by Dr. John Guthmiller. Ms. Schiller performed in Beijingʼs Forbidden City Concert Hall and in Shanghaiʼs Oriental Art Center. During her high-school days, she was very active as a singer and pianist in her school’s nationally competing and touring show-choirs and concert choirs. Regularly called upon as the teacherʼs assistant, she learned how to teach and direct choirs at this time.
Ms. Schiller received her bachelor’s of music in piano performance at Virginia Commonwealth University with a “Friends of Music” scholarship, where she studied with Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg. As a president’s scholarship recipient at the Manhattan School of Music she received her master’s degree in accompanying and vocal coaching, in May of 2013.
After being granted the Sorel scholarship in 2011 to fully cover her tuition and stay, she attended the Vancouver International Song Institute. There she was coached by renowned singers and pianists such as Dr. Arlene Shrut, Rosemarie Landry and Francois Le Roux, and learned how to approach and perform the intimate art form.
Ms. Schiller has played for the voice master classes of Thomas Hampson (broadcasted live throughout Europe), Martina Arroyo, Diana Soviero, Ubaldo Fabbri, Deen Larsen, Arlene Shrut, Rosemarie Landry, Bruno Laplante, Cameron Stowe and Rena Sharon.