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. He performs and records regularly with pianist Ariane Haering, focusing mainly on Mozart; since 2011, they have edited several Mozart Sonatas and previously unpublished fragments for Henle Verlag. Schmid also has a successful career in jazz and regularly presents his Hommage à Grappelli programme at jazz venues and classical concert halls alike.
Schmid’s busy schedule features regular collaborations with orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Gulbenkian, 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 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.
A passionate recording artist, Schmid has built up an impressive discography of around 40 CDs including many award-winning releases. Prizes regularly include the ECHO Klassik, Gramophone Editor’s Choice and Strad Selection. He was nominated for the Vierteljahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for his recording of Wolf-Ferrari’s Violin Concerto and his latest recording featuring Ligeti’s Violin Concerto was named Record of the Month by Gramophone magazine.
Benjamin Schmid has won various prizes in international competitions, including the Flesch Competition in 1992, where he received the Mozart, Beethoven and Audience Prizes. Aside from his performance career, Benjamin Schmid holds a professorship at the Mozarteum Salzburg and teaches masterclasses at Hochschule Bern. He has recently started performing on the “Guyot” Stradivarius from 1705, provided to him by an anonymous sponsor.