Sheila Arnold’s worldwide
concert career was launched with outstanding successes at international
competitions (the Salzburg Mozart Competition and the Concours Clara
Haskil) as well as many scholarships and awards, including the Wiesbaden
Mozart Society's Mozart Prize (1995). She has played in many of the great
concert halls of Europe, including the Bregenz Festival Hall, the
Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Palau de la Música in Valencia, the Berlin
Philharmonie, the Hamburg Music Hall, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the
Stuttgart Liederhalle and the Dortmund Konzerthaus. She has also toured
the Near and Far East and the United States.
Sheila Arnold has been invited to perform at many international festivals
and has played with leading orchestras such as the Orchestre de Chambre de
Lausanne, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, the Beethoven Halle
Orchestra in Bonn and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. Conductors with whom
she has performed with include Jesús López-Cobos, Marc Soustrot, Heribert
Beissel, Kenneth Montgomery and Michael Hofstetter. Enthusiastic reviews
from the international press confirm her status as an unusually versatile
Sheila was born in Tiruchiralpalli in Southern India and grew up in
Germany. Her teachers were Heidi Köhler and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. She
also drew her ideas from inspiring encounters with the pianists such as
Imogen Cooper, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Ference Rados and Lev Naumov.
Chambermusic activities with violinist Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Isabelle
Faust, clarinet player Nina Janssen und Ralph Manno, bassoon player Sergio
Azzolini, Horn player Wilhelm Bruns, cellist Guido Schiefen, actor Bernt
Hahn or guitarist Alexander-Sergei Ramirez mean inspiration to her on the
musical as well as on the personal level.
Sheila’s interest in period keyboard instruments, especially in
fortepianos of the 1790’s up to the present times, has been a special and
constant source of inspiration. Apart from performances on the modern
concert grand she can often be heard on the fortepiano in various chamber
musc constellations, in recitals and as a soloist with chamber orchestras.
She has been „Artist in Residence“ Kempen in 2006. She has a longstanding
duo with classical guitarist Alexander-Sergei Ramírez.
Her CD- and radio productions demonstrate her huge variety in repertoire
ranging from baroque music through Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Granados and
Scriabin,up to first performances of contemporary music.
The latest two CD releases include works by J. Brahms and Clara Schumann
as well as a programe for music and literature with actor Bernt Hahn on
Robert Schumann and the poets of the romantic period.
In 2005 Sheila gave birth to a wonderful daughter.
In 2006 she received a professorship at the Musikhochschule Cologne. She
also gives masterclasses at Schloß Engers in Neuwied (Landesmusikakademie
Rheinland-Pfalz), Emsbürener Musiktage, Schloß Hammelburg (Bayrischer
Tonkünstlerverband), Bombay (Sangat-Festival) and workshops in different