Eduard Schmieder, Chamber Orchestra Conductor
Born and educated in Russia, Eduard Schmieder has been characterized as an “extraordinary musician of the late 20th century” (Henry Roth). As artist and teacher, Schmieder amalgamates and creatively transforms the great traditions of American and European art. He maintains a concert schedule as conductor and violinist and teaches an internationally selected class of students, who become winners of top prizes at the most prestigious international competitions, have established careers as soloists, chamber musicians, and hold leading positions in orchestras in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Schmieder has performed in prestigious concert halls worldwide and has collaborated with such musicians as Yehudi Menuhin, Ida Haendel, Martha Argerich, Brooks Smith, Jon Kimura-Parker, Erick Friedman, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and many others. In 1996, Eduard Schmieder performed a recital in Genoa on Paganini’s famous Guarneri del Gesu “Il Cannone” violin.
One of the most highly regarded violin pedagogues of his generation, Eduard Schmieder holds the Temple University Carnell Chair Professor of Violin at Center of the Arts in Philadelphia where he is an Artistic Director for Strings. Prior positions were a Distinguished Algur H. Meadows Chair of Violin and Chamber Music in the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas (1990-2006), and tenured professor of the violin at the University of Southern California, the position formerly held by Jascha Heifetz.
Dr. Schmieder has taught master classes in virtually every foremost conservatory in the world. Since 2004, he is on the faculty at the Mozarteum Summer Academie Salzburg. He frequently serves as a jury member at leading international competitions including Queen Elisabeth, Sibelius, Paganini, Sarasate, Lipizer, and ARD. Throughout the years he received numerous awards for his accomplishments as a Musician and Teacher and for his invaluable contributions to culture.
The founder and music director of iPalpiti since 1991, he conducted iPalpiti to sold-out and critically acclaimed performances in prestigious venues such as Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Mozarteum Grosse Hall (Salzburg), Nikkei Hall (Tokyo), Disney Hall (Los Angeles), YMCA Jerusalem, Carnegie Hall (New York), and is invited as ensemble-in-residence to festivals in Brazil, Slovenia, Israel, Carinthia, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, and Japan.
He has been written about in books by Henry Roth “Violin Virtuosos: From Paganini to 21st Century” and Margaret Campbell “The Great Violinists,” as well as three featured articles in The Strad magazine.
“Among (violin pedagogues) I consider to be of elite caliber I would, without hesitation, include the name of Eduard Schmieder. He is a born educator who possesses the rare ability to blend the finest precepts of modern Western violin pedagogy and musicianship with the virtuoso proclivities of the brilliant Soviet school. Equally important, he has intimate knowledge of and respect for the great violinistic traditions of the past, which further contributes to the extraordinary scope of his cognition”–Henry Roth, Music Critic, The STRAD, Author of books “Great Violinists in Performance”, “Violin Virtuosos, From Paganini to the 21st Century”, and other.
““… He elicits great dynamic from the orchestra…altogether, all the participants are wide awake and in fact, honor and wait anxiously for the conductor’s wishes… predominant excitement brought out by Schmieder.” –Eberhard Iro, Review on Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Landshuter Rathausprunksaal
“Eduard Schmieder is a distinguished musician… his coming in Bucharest was an inspiring one… connected musical life from here to the world standards…” — Fred Popovici, Romania Liberia
“…conductor Eduard Schmieder elicited a lively pulse…the ensemble was particularly noteworthy for its unity of purpose and blend. It was as if the musicians’ hearts were beating to the same buoyant rhythm…lustrous, polished tone and graceful phrasing.” –Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times (2007)
“..rich sonorities [of iPalpiti] audibly took the audience’s breath away – especially whenever concertmaster Peter Rainer, whose technically immaculate tone throughout the night was sweet and thrilling, had a few bars to play – showed that iPalpiti had charms to soothe a hall well filled –STRINGS Magazine (2005)
“… a serious and resourceful podium personality.” –Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times
“… The virtues of Mr. Schmieder as a sensitive and true musician inspired the players to create a very deep and emotional interpretation which kind of magnetized all its sensual harmonies and well phrased performance. This was a concert which could be titled as ‘pearls of music” from any point.'” -– Ora Binur, Ma’ariv Jerusalem Daily