College of Fine Arts and Design


Dr. Tess Remy-Schumacher

Professor of Cello, Baroque Cello & Coordinator of the Brisch Center for Historical Performance Practice

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 two CDs of Cello Compositions by Sam Magrill and 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.

Recent CD recording projects include "" romanza, pasion y danza"" with guitarist Stefan Grasse, a Beethoven CD with Ben Davis, ""Music for Peace"" and David Maslanka's Cello Concerto "Remember Me" and Carter Pann's Cello Concerto "High Songs" with the UCO Wind Symphony under conductor Dr. Brian Lamb.

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 (now the director).

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 and is a voting member for the ""Grammy Foundation"".

She is cofounder with Dr. Ted Honea, and General Program Coordinator of the recently named Brisch Center for Historical Performance Practice at UCO.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy most the opportunity to collaborate and perform together with my students and colleagues.

When do you remember making the decision to go into the arts? What were the circumstances?
I loved my cello from the first moment I saw and heard it. I could have never imagined a life without a cello and music.

What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?
My old professor Lynn Harrell always said in class: ""There are no short cuts""!! In addition, the most important part of music making is to play with heart and soul to be able to touch people's life.

What is your favorite place on campus. Why?
Starbucks, not much beats a good cup of coffee......

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Kuenstlerische Reifepruefung,
Musikhochschule Koeln, Germany

MM Cello Performance
University of Southern California

DMA Cello Performance
University of Southern California

Research/Creative and Scholarly Activities
Historical Performance Practice
Concert Tours with Cello-Guitar, Cello-Organ and Cello-Piano and Solo

Studio (Applied Cello, Applied Baroque Cello), Chamber Music, Western Music Appreciation (Online)