…refined sense of style, combined with impressive technique… “Coburger Tagblatt”, Germany
Paula Šūmane’s interpretation was full of passion and emotions… Carmen of violin music… “NRA”, Latvia
Paula Šūmane is a Latvian concert violinist and the prizewinner of numerous international violin competitions and the Latvian Great Music Award. As a soloist, Paula has collaborated with various symphony and chamber orchestras – Lisbon Metropolitan orchestra, Baden-Baden Philharmonic orchestra, Hofer Symphoniker, Latvian National Symphony orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Liepaja Symphony orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony orchestra, Klaipeda State Music Theatre orchestra etc. Paula has performed with world-renowned conductors, including Pinchas Steinberg, Daniel Raiskin, Simone Young, Andris Poga, Normunds Šnē, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Sesto Quatrini, Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Lawrence Foster, and Eiji Oue, to mention a few. Along with her stage performances Paula is frequently invited to give violin masterclasses as well as attend music competitions as a jury member.
Paula Šūmane has graduated from two prestigious music universities – Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) and Kunstuniversität Graz (KUG, Master`s degree) with professors Yair Kless and Boris Garlitsky, both with highest distinctions. She has studied with acclaimed chamber music mentors - Itamar Golan and Chia Chou, and has also completed contemporary music program (Neue Musik) at the KUG with composer Georg Friedrich Haas and in collaboration with Klangforum Wien. Initially her musical skills were shaped by Latvian violin teachers Uldis Viesturs Sprūdžs, Ojārs Kalniņš, Haviva Dimenšteine, Ludmila Girska, Gaļina Akuļiča and Anete Zvaigzne.
Her virtuoso as well as warmly, softly heartfelt interpretation turned the final applause into a storm of ovations. “Neue Presse”, Germany