In demand as an orchestral keyboardist and chamber musician, pianist Ann Schaefer enjoys an active performing career in the Boston area and abroad.
In residence at the Banff Centre with the Cypress Trio, 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 performed the music of Pierre Jalbert as part of 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 second season as orchestral keyboard fellow. During the summer 2018 season, 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 Cape Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas and Jung-Ho Pak, respectively.
Schaefer has maintained an active teaching career, having served on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Pre-College, Brooklyn Musical Arts, and Eastside Music School in Austin, Texas. While at Indiana University, she served as pianist for the studio of renowned baritone, Timothy Noble. She is currently a staff pianist at the Boston Conservatory.
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.