Nathan Schaumann

Nathan SchaumannNathan Schaumann is an 18-year-old Latter-day Saint youth that is well on his way to becoming an accomplished pianist. He was born on 28 June 2000 in Slidell, Louisiana and currently lives with his family in Wassenaar, Netherlands. He is the second cousin of Sara Arkell who is also known as the Piano Gal. Like his cousin Sara, Nathan also has a YouTube channel where he posts covers of his favorite pop songs. He stated on his Facebook page, “I love the piano and I love listening to pop music, so I combined the two and now I do pop piano covers.”

Nathan started playing piano at the age of 4. He and his siblings all started playing violin and piano at young ages, being taught the piano by their mother up until they moved overseas. He states that he loves playing the piano “because I love performing, and playing the piano is an extremely useful skill to have. I actually really enjoy practicing, unlike many musical instrument players, and I also love playing things by ear like pop songs and songs from musicals on the piano. I also like the violin, but my main and favorite instrument is definitely the piano.”

His entire family plays musical instruments and he further commented that some of his most wonderful musical experiences have been the times that he gets to perform with them. Some of the artists that he likes are The Piano Guys, Lindsey Stirling, Pentatonix, and The Script. He says that one of his dreams is to someday do a video with The Piano Guys.

From 2008 to 2010 he studied piano at a private studio with Professor Anne Franc. From 2010 to 2012 he studied piano at a private studio with Professor Grace Chua, and from 2012 to 2014 he studied piano at a private studio with Professor Andrew Wright. He has also participated in numerous music competitions and has many accolades accredited to his name to include: Multiple Gold Awards of the Malaysian Youth Music Festival in 2009, 2011, and 2012; Gold Award of the Kota Music Festival in 2010; and the second prize of the Trinity Guildhall Music Festival in 2010.

In a June 2015 interview with The Echo, the student news site of American School of The Hague, Nathan commented, “I hope to continue playing for the rest of my life and letting as many people enjoy my music as possible. I enjoy performing in competitions, and I hope to continue doing so. I am not sure yet if I would like to pursue being a concert pianist as a career, but I am definitely considering it.”

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