The Winterfest opening concert
Tuesday, 2004 November 9th, 7 PM
Latvian National Opera
"Hommage à Stéphane Grappelli"
BENI SCHMID (violin, Austria)
Edi Köhldorfer (guitar)
Georg Breinschmid (bass)
This famous artist is as brilliant as Fritz Kreisler in classic repertoire or as Stephane Grappelli in jazz.
BENJAMIN SCHMID (violin) born in Vienna in 1968, studies in Salzburg, Vienna and Philadelphia (Curtis)
1991 - 1992: first prizes in four major international competitions in including Carl Flesch International, London 1992
1986 debut with Lord Yehudi Menuhin at the Salzburg Festival
concerts in Paris, London, St. Petersburg, Moskau, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, Tokio, New York, San Francisco, Washington i. e. with
R. Abbado, M. Alsop, M. Boder, A. Boreyko, S. Cambreling, D. R. Davies, D. Gatti, V. Fedossejev, A. Fischer, H. Graf, E. Inbal, C. Kalmar, Z. Kocsis, F. Luisi, Y. Menuhin, R. Norrington, P. Schneider,Y. Temirkanov, M. Venzago, M. Viotti, R. Weikert, F.Welser-Möst i.e. and with
Philharmonia Orchestra London, English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Bayrisches Staatsorchester, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Czech National Philharmony, St. Petersburger Philharmoniker, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Washington National Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, RSO-Vienna, Camerata Salzburg, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg,
Plays on a Stradivarius ex 1731 belonging to the Donald Kahn Trust
2000 Bach-Ysaye-Cycle: all the violin-solo-works of Bach and Ysaye in three recitals in London, New York, San Francisco, Tokio and Vienna with great success 2001 giving masterclasses in London (Royal College), Baden-Baden, Musikforum Viktring2002 guest professor at the Hochschule Mozarteum and member of the Jury of Salzburg’s International Mozart Competition
2001/2002 soloist in Salzburger Festspiele with RSO-Vienna (Henze 3), in Budapest with Hungarian National Philharmonic (Beethoven), with English Chamber Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia at Barbican (Mozart and Korngold), with Indianapolis Symphony (Schumann), chambermusic in Schubertiade (Feldkirch and Roskilde), Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Brucknerhaus Linz (with Marjana Lipovsek) i. e.
2002/2003 Cycle with all 5 Mozart-Violin-Concertos with Mozarteum Orchestra and H. Soudant in „Stiftung Mozarteum“ and Mozartwoche, Salzburg and all the Beethoven-Violin-Sonatas with Alfredo Perl, at Wigmore Hall, London.
2002 debut with Philharmonia Orchestra London (Bruch, Mozart), at Royal Festival Hall, 2003 debut with National Symphony Washington (Dvorak), Kennedy Center and2004 debuts with New Japan Philharmony and Vienna Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa
Devotes part of his time to play jazz and contemporary music. In 2003 tour (A, D, CH, I, NL) with „Hommage a Stephane Grapelli“ with whom he played on stage between ´86 and ´94,
His CDs include the three important cycles for Violino Solo: Bach-Sonatas and Partitas, Paganini-Caprices and Ysaye-Sonatas as well as Violin-Concertos by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms and C. Muthspiel - and were awarded 3 x „editors choice“, (Gramophone, London and Soundscape, Australia), „cinque diapasons“ (France), „Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik“ and „fünf Sterne“ (Fonoforum, D) i. e.,
New releases on „Oehmsclassics“ in 2003:
Vivaldi, „Four seasons“, CamerataSalzburg also conducted by Benjamin Schmid, Kreisler/Paganini: Concerto in one movement, Op. 6/1, first recording since F. Kreisler ‘36 „Pieces de concert“ from Bazzini to Skuta with Lisa Smirnova and Miklos Skuta, piano