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Born in Vienna, Benjamin Schmid made his international breakthrough with a string of competition successes in 1992, above all the Carl Flesch Competition in London, where he won not only first prize but also the Mozart Prize, Beethoven Prize and Audience Prize. Since then, he has performed at major venues worldwide with distinguished orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich under conductors including Dohnányi, Gergiev, Zinman and Ozawa. His repertoire is exceptionally broad, including such rare violin concertos as those of Ligeti, Gulda, Korngold, Muthspiel, Szymanowski, Weill, Lutosławski and Reger in addition to the core repertoire, and he also has a remarkable skill in jazz improvisation.

Benjamin Schmid has recorded more than 40 acclaimed CDs, winning awards such as the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, the Echo Klassik music prize, Gramophone Editor’s Choice, Record of the Month and Strad Selection. He has appeared at concerts of the Vienna Philharmonic broadcast on TV worldwide: under Seiji Ozawa at the Salzburg Festival and under Valery Gergiev at the summer night concert at Schönbrunn. Both concerts have also been released on CD and DVD.

Benjamin Schmid has been featured in several documentaries capturing his outstanding artistic persona. In 2006, he received the International Prize for Arts and Culture in his home city of Salzburg, where he now lives with his wife, pianist Ariane Haering, and their four children.

Benjamin Schmid is a professor at the University Mozarteum Salzburg and a visiting professor in Bern. He plays a Stradivari violin, ‘ex Guyot 1705’, and was included in the book Great Violinists of the 20th Century, Vol. 2 by J.M. Molkou, published by Buchet-Chastel.

For more information, please visit www.benjaminschmid.com.

Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
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BACH, J. S.: 6 Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord Oehms Classics
Chamber Music
BACH, J. S.: Violin Concertos / Concerto for 2 Violins / Oboe d'amore Concerto Oehms Classics
BACH, J.S.: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 (Schmid) Oehms Classics
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonatas Nos. 6-8 (Schmid, Perl) Oehms Classics
Chamber Music
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto / Piano Quartet No. 3 Oehms Classics
ENGLUND, E. / KLAMI, U.: Violin Concertos (Schmid, Oulu Symphony, Gustavsson) Ondine
GOLDMARK: Violin Concerto No. 1 / BRAHMS: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello Oehms Classics
LIGETI, G.: Violin Concerto / Lontano / Atmosphères / San Francisco Polyphony (Schmid, Finnish Radio Symphony, Lintu) Ondine
MENDELSSOHN, F.: Violin Concerto, Op. 64 / SCHUMANN, R.: Phantasie / BRUCH, M.: Violin Concerto No. 1 (Schmid, Rheinische State Philharmonic, Raisk) Oehms Classics
MOZART: Violin Sonatas Nos. 4, 18, 26 and 35 Oehms Classics
Chamber Music
REGER, M.: Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 101 / Chaconne (Schmid) Ondine
Instrumental, Concertos
SCHMID, Beni: Obsession - Hommage a Grappelli Oehms Classics
Contemporary Jazz
SCHMID, Benjamin: Concert Pieces Oehms Classics
Chamber Music
Violin and Piano Recital: Schmid, Benjamin / Haering Ariane - LISZT, F. / BRIDGE, F. / GRIEG, E. (Romantic Duos) TwoPianists
Chamber Music
Violin and Piano Recital: Schmid, Benjamin / Smirnova, Lisa - SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / PROKOFIEV, S. / WEILL, K. Ondine
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Schmid, Benjamin - KREISLER, F. / SCOTT, C. / FALLA, M. de / KRAKAUER, A. / PADEREWSKI, I.J. (From Fritz to Django) Oehms Classics
Chamber Music
VIVALDI: 4 Seasons (The) / PAGANINI: Violin Concerto No. 1 (arr. F. Kreisler) Oehms Classics
WIENIAWSKI / SZYMANOWSKI: Violin Concertos / LUTOSLAWSKI: Chain 2 Oehms Classics
Orchestral, Concertos
YSAŸE, E.: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 (Schmid) Oehms Classics

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