Biography of Benjamin Schmid

Born in 1968, violinist Benjamin Schmid studied music at Salzburg, Vienna and at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and has attended master classes with Sandòr Végh, Nathan Milstein, Ivry Gitlis, and Dorothy DeLay. He has won first prize at international competitions in Paris, the USA, Germany, and South Africa. In 1992, he won the 1st Prize, Mozart-Prize, Beethoven-Prize and Audience-Prize at the Carl Flesch International in London and since has developed an international career playing with many of the world's Benjamin Schmidleading orchestras and conductors.

As a soloist, Benjamin has performed under the baton of conductors such as Sylvain Cambreling, Vladimir Fedosejev, Hans Graf, Eliahu Inbal, Yehudi Menuhin (with whom he also gave a spectacular debut as duo partner in J.S. Bach's Double Concerto), Franz Welser-Most, Michael Schoenwandt, Saulius Sondeckis, Horst Stein, Ralf Weikert, Marcello Viotti, Daniele Gatti and Dennis Russell Davis. He has appeared with several prominent orchestras including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Bavarian State Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, RSO Moscow (Tschaikovsky Symphony Orchestra), the Indianapolis Symphony, Vienna Symphony, RSO-Wien, the Salzburg Camerata and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.

Lady Jeanne Strad 1713
Lady Jeanne Stradivarius 1713

Highlights of recent seasons have included performing the Bach and Ysaye solo Sonatas and Partitas on a major world tour in 2000, and a subsequent recording of it for Arte Nova. Benjamin Schmid's various CD recordings by EMI, Capriccio, MDG and BMG have

received many international prizes including the Diapason d'or and Editor's Choice Australia. He was also presented at the MIDEM CLASSIC 2000 as "Artist of the Year".

Later this season Benjamin will perform with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Leicester, the Mozarteum Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington at the Kennedy Centre, the Beethoven Fest in Bonn

and at the Royal Festival Hall, London. In additional, he will take up a guest professorship at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, and give master classes at the Royal College of Music, London.

Benjamin Schmid plays the "lady Jeanne" Stradivarius from 1713, in the possession of the Donald Kahn Trust

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