Playing the piano has been a lifelong passion

Vivien performing a piano trio at Weill Hall at Carnegie


After many years sitting in the audience as a critic, it was both nerve-wracking and exhilarating to perform again. I began taking piano lessons in London at age five and studied with the pianist Thomas Schumacher while a high school student in Washington, D.C. I first experienced the joys of chamber music with the cellist Oliver Edel as coach at the Levine School of Music. After a year pursuing a degree in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music, I switched majors to journalism but continued my musical studies with professors in London and Seville. I now study privately in New York.

In recent years I have performed with the violinist Igor Pikayzen and the cellist Nan-Cheng Chen at Weill Recital Hall, given many concerts with the violinist Mark Peskanov at Bargemusic, and played a program featuring Barber’s gorgeous “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” with soprano Tami Schuch, my former Eastman roommate. In May 2019 I performed a fundraising recital with soprano Anush Avetisyan at the National Opera Center in Manhattan.

Here’s a clip from my recital with Anush: “Song to the Moon” from Dvořák’s “Rusalka.”


As a soloist, Bach and Schubert are my favorite composers. Here I am playing Bach’s Partita No. 1.

And here I am performing Mozart with Mark Peskanov at Bargemusic.

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