About Ariane Lazarom

Now resident in the United Kingdom, the Dutch pianist Ariane Lazarom was born in Zeist, The Netherlands. Awarded the Prix d’Honeur at the Edith Stein competition in The Hague at the age of fifteen, she went on to the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, where she studied with the Latvian pianist Naum Grubert.

Ariane also studied with Margaret Fingerhut at the Royal Northern College of Music and has had the honour of taking part in masterclasses with Vlado Perlemuter in Dartington.

Her early career in the Netherlands saw much acclaim. She has appeared as a soloist in recitals and in concertos at festivals in Leiden, Utrecht and Delft, as well as in Belgium and in Britain.

Since settling in Britain, Ariane has delighted her audiences, both as a soloist and as an accompanist. She has most recently been awarded sponsorship by the Lynn Foundation for recording a CD of music by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Granados.

Chiarina: love, passion and dedication

The world of Clara Wieck-Schumann

” .. boasting a wealth of unconventional resources, an ability to entwine deeply buried threads.. and then to unravel them”. Robert Schumann in the Neue Zeitschrift fur Music, 12 September 1837, in a review of Clara Wieck’s Soirees Musicales op. 6

Ariane Lazarom explores the world of the 19th century composer Clara Wieck- Schumann (1819-1896); her connections with her contemporaries as well as her musical relationship with her husband Robert Schumann.

Clara Schumann was one of the most famous pianists of the 19th century. In addition, she was the manager of her international career and was to become the wife of the famous composer Robert Schumann and mother of their eight (later seven) children. She was also advisor to and valued friend and colleague of many celebrated musicians of the day, including Johannes Brahms and Joseph Joachim. She was a piano educationalist and editor and champion of her husband’s music. How was she able to live up to so many roles and what were the difficulties and crises that confronted her during her successful musical life?

Clara Wieck was born in Leipzig on 13 September 1819. As a child she studied the piano with her ambitious father, Friedrich Wieck. Clara proved herself a prodigy, making her concert debut at the age of nine. By the age of twenty her brilliant performances were drawing devoted audiences across Europe.

In 1830, a student composer and pianist named Robert Schumann came to study music at the Wieck household. Robert and Clara fell in love. Clara’s father however was violently opposed to their relationship believing, no doubt, that any such attachment as was forming could lead only to hamper his talented daughter’s burgeoning career. As Clara could not legally marry without her father’s consent, the couple resorted finally to a lawsuit before their wedding could take place in 1840.

Robert and Clara Schumann became one of history’s great musical partnerships. Together they kept a remarkable musical diary, exchanging compositions, musical ideas and love letters. Their marriage though was to be blighted by tragedy as Robert suffered increasingly from mental illness. He was to die in the asylum at Endenich in 1856 at the tragically young age of forty-six. Following her husband’s death, Clara’s composing ceased. She was thirty-seven years of age with responsibility for her seven remaining children.
She wrote to her friends that she felt that she would never be joyful again.

Clara went on to revive and develop her career as a pianist and frequently included works by her late husband in her programmes. She was instrumental in establishing the reputation of Robert Schumann as one of the great composers of the nineteenth century. When she died in 1896, Clara has outlived her husband by forty years and was one of the most celebrated pianists and teachers in Europe.

Recital Programme

Chiarina, love, passion & dedication

Clara Wieck-SchumannBallade op. 6 no 4, from Soirees Musicales

1) Toccatina
2) Notturno
3) Ballade
4) Mazurka

Clara Wieck-Schumann3 Romanzes op. 11 (dedicated to Robert Schumann)
1) Andante
2) Allegretto
3) Agitato

Robert Schumann arrFranz Liszt: Widmung
(Originally a song and wedding gift dedicated to Clara; Liszt arrangement to R Schumann)

Clara Wieck-Schumann: Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann op. 20



Clara Wieck-SchumannVariations on a theme of Robert Schumann op. 20

Johannes BrahmsCapriccio op. 76 no. 1
(dedicated to Clara)

Robert SchumannCarnaval op. 9
(including ‘Chiarina’; Schumann’s musical portrait of Clara)