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Benjamin Schmid
Bejamin Schmid

B108069   B 108 069
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Concerto for violin
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Born in Vienna, Benjamin Schmid is considered one of today’s premier violinists. The exceptional range of his repertoire (as both soloist and chamber musician), his discography of roughly 40 recordings, as well as his great passion for jazz improvisation make him an artist with an unparalleled résumé.

Schmid, who studied in Vienna, Salzburg, and at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, has received a wealth of accolades over the course of his career – in 1992 alone he was awarded 1st place at the International Carl Flesch Violin Competition in London as well as the Mozart, Beethoven and Audience Prize. Schmid has also consistently focused his ardent musical interests on lesser known works and can be heard performing the violin concertos of Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Friedrich Gulda, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Kurt Weill, and Christian Muthspiel, as well as select Slavic works by composers such as Szymanowski and Lutoslawski. In 2009, Schmid – performing with the conductor Friedrich Haider and the Oviedo Filarmonía – was the soloist for the Spanish premiere of the violin concerto by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari.

For years now, the world’s elite orchestras and conductors have been Schmid’s regular partners: Seiji Ozawa and the Vienna Philharmonic, Christoph von Dohnanyi and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, as well as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Czech Philharmonic, Washington D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra, and the New Japan Philharmonic.

Recipient of the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, the ECHO Classic Prize, the Grammophone Editor’s Choice Award, and a Strad Selection, Benjamin Schmid plays on a 1731 Stradivari. He is a professor at the Mozarteum University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Salzburg and the Bern University of the Arts and gives roughly 100 concerts worldwide each year.