Benjamin Schmid
Violin

One of the most versatile of today’s violinists, Benjamin Schmid’s particular strength lies in his exceptionally wide repertoire and very personal style.

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Biography

One of the most versatile of today’s violinists, Benjamin Schmid’s particular strength lies in his exceptionally wide repertoire and very personal style. At the core of his career are works by Austrian composers such as Berg, Goldmark, Korngold, Kreisler, Mozart, Muthspiel, Schoenberg and Webern. Schmid also has a successful career in jazz and regularly presents his Hommage à Grappelli programme at jazz venues and classical concert halls alike.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include his debut with Naples Philharmonic and Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra under the baton of Andrey Boreyko. Schmid will be on tour of Europe with the Curtis Institute Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä performing at Helsinki Music Centre, Konzerthaus Berlin and Wiener Konzerthaus.

One of the most versatile of today’s violinists, Benjamin Schmid’s particular strength lies in his exceptionally wide repertoire and very personal style. At the core of his career are works by Austrian composers such as Berg, Goldmark, Korngold, Kreisler, Mozart, Muthspiel, Schoenberg and Webern. Schmid also has a successful career in jazz and regularly presents his Hommage à Grappelli programme at jazz venues and classical concert halls alike.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include his debut with Naples Philharmonic and Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra under the baton of Andrey Boreyko. Schmid will be on tour of Europe with the Curtis Institute Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä performing at Helsinki Music Centre, Konzerthaus Berlin and Wiener Konzerthaus. His residency with the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra goes into its second year featuring concerts and recordings of Bartók’s violin concertos. Recitals take place in Havanna, Dubai and at Salzburg Mozartwoche at the Mozarteum’s Tanzmeistersaal amongst many others.

Schmid’s busy schedule features regular collaborations with orchestras including the Australian Chamber, Philharmonia, Royal Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony orchestras, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Finnish Radio Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic and, in the US, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra and Houston Symphony. Engagements in Asia include the New Japan Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Festival among others. Benjamin Schmid works especially closely with the Wiener Philharmoniker; their collaborations include the opening concert of the 2004 Salzburger Festspiele, and a performance of Fritz Kreisler’s version of Paganini’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Valery Gergiev in 2001, in a concert broadcast in over 60 countries and released on CD and DVD by Deutsche Grammophon. He is also a frequent guest at the major European chamber music festivals.

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Sabine Frank +49 (0)89 6797 10455
Richard Mayr +49 (0)89 6797 10448

Reviews

“Benjamin Schmid is a wonderfully eloquent advocate for the Concerto, evoking the intense, romantic aura of the initial bond between composer and violinist.” (Gramophone, March 2013)

“It was a memorable performance […] Schmid was terrifically agile and clean, and his sound was gorgeous and multi-hued, making the most of the music's play of timbres between soloist and orchestra.” (The Oregonian, March 2013)

“Schmid’s is the kind of playing that can’t fail to win listeners over. While remaining true to the high-Romantic spirit of the work, he nevertheless gave the impression of evaluating each phrase anew.” (The Strad, May 2005)

“Benjamin Schmid is a wonderfully eloquent advocate for the Concerto, evoking the intense, romantic aura of the initial bond between composer and violinist.” (Gramophone, March 2013)

“It was a memorable performance […] Schmid was terrifically agile and clean, and his sound was gorgeous and multi-hued, making the most of the music's play of timbres between soloist and orchestra.” (The Oregonian, March 2013)

“Schmid’s is the kind of playing that can’t fail to win listeners over. While remaining true to the high-Romantic spirit of the work, he nevertheless gave the impression of evaluating each phrase anew.” (The Strad, May 2005)

“Schmid is one of the most valuable of today’s golden-age-violinists.“ (The New York Sun, August 2004)

“Schmid was wonderful here, supremely lyrical, he gradually intensified both tone and vibrato so that we got a sense of life burgeoning before it is cut short.” (The Guardian, October 2003)

“He is right up there with the finest of today’s young violinists, demonstrating a passionate temperament, backed by glorious tonal colouring and the sort of technical acuity that makes passages of extreme virtuosity sound music rather than mere display.” (The Daily Telegraph, October 2001)