The art of Benjamin Schmid

Working method and projects

The work of Benjamin Schmid is centred on musical projects he defines, develops and tests over a period of several years. Prior to the final concert hall performances the artist runs through an elaborate process of choosing compositions for his repertoire that reveal a multitude of relations in their sensible combination.

The fact that Benjamin Schmid plans his work so diligently and far in advance surely contributes to the great success of his tours. As for example the project of Bach-Ysaye in 2000. This cycle consisted of 40 performances of the complete sonatas and partitas of Bach in combination with the 6 sonatas for solo violin by Eugene Ysaye.

Furthermore there is a Beethoven Cycle with Alfredo Perl on the piano, which started in June 2003 at the Wigmore Hall in London. All concerts were sold-out. One key element of the success was Benjamin Schmid's collaboration with the brilliant pianist Alfred Perl. These kinds of projects give Schmid the liberty to create his programs independently of tour organisers or agents and to keep the artistic control in his own hands.

Benjamin Schmid devotes 6 weeks annually to jazz projects he develops in a similar manner.

Current projects:

In addition to the complete Beethoven sonata cycle there will be a Mozart project, running till 2006. This project is based on the sonatas arranged in the order of the period of their composition.

Another project will be devoted to the works of Stephane Grappelli.

The Concert Program 2003/2004:
National Symphony Orchester Washington, Kennedy Center
Philharmonia Orchester London
St. Petersburger Philharmoniker under Temianov
Concertgebouw Orkest
Wiener Philharmoniker 2004
Proms 2004

Concerts planned at present:

Hans-Werner Henze, Concerto for violin, (Salzburger Festspiele 2003)
Bruch Concerto
Berg Concert for violin
Goldmark Concert for violin
Paganini Concert for violin Nr. 1 (Arranged by Fritz Kreisler)
Korngold, Concert for violin

Alfredo Perl

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