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 musician.
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 European countries.