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Benjamin Schmid / violin

Benjamin Schmid, originally from Vienna, won the Carl-Flesch and other competitions in 1992 in London, where he was also awarded the Mozart, Beethoven and audience prizes. Since that time he has performed at leading venues all over the world with famous orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, The London Philharmonia Orchestra, the Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich directed by conductors such as Ch.v. Dohnányi, V. Gergiev, D. Zinman, S. Ozawa. His quality as a soloist, the exceptional spectrum of his repertoire – besides the standard repertoire, for instance the Violinconcertos of Ligeti, Gulda, Korngold, Muthspiel, Weill, Lutoslawski and several Jazz violin concertos - and in particular his improvisational ability in jazz make him a violinist with an incomparable profile.

 Benjamin Schmid’s CDs, around 50 in number, have been awarded several times the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, (as the only artist both in classical and jazz) the Echo Klassik music prize, Grammophone Editor’s Choice, Record of the Month,  or the Strad Selection. Benjamin Schmid returned to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Valery Gergiev for the  open-air Sommernachtskonzert, this time with a Paganini/Kreisler violin concerto, which, like the New Year’s Concert, was broadcasted worldwide live on TV and appeared as a DVD and a CD, released by Deutsche Grammphon Gesellschaft. 

 Several films have been made about Benjamin Schmid which have captured the outstanding artistic character of the violinist in worldwide TV broadcasts. In 2006 Benjamin Schmid received the ‘Internationaler Preis für Kunst und Kultur’ (International Prize for Arts & Culture) in his home town of Salzburg, where he lives with his wife, the pianist Ariane Haering, and their four children.

 Benjamin Schmid is Professor at the University Mozarteum Salzburg, Guest Professor in Bern, and performs on one of the most beautiful Stradivari violins, the “ex Viotti 1718” , which is placed at his disposal by the Austrian National Bank, as well as on an modern violin by Wiltrud Fauler.

Benjamin Schmid is portrayed as one of the most important Violinistsin the worldwide released book “Great Violinists of the 20th Century, Vol.2” (J.M. Molkou / Buchet-Chastel)

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Fjord Classics Performances:

THURSDAY 29TH JUNE (K8)
- VERSIONS NEVER HEARD

Sandefjord Church, 15:00

BACH / PRELUDE, LOURE & GAVOTTE FROM PARTITA NR.3 IN E 
BACH / ADAGIO FROM VIOLIN CONCERTO IN E

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thursday 29th June (k10)
- Transfigured

Sandar Church, 19:00

SCHÖNBERG / VERKLÄRTE NACHT

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sunday 2nd July (k19)
- Vienna Kaleidoscope

Sandefjord Church, 13:00

FORELLE BLUE
BERG / CHAMBER CONCERTO

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sunday 2nd July (k21)
- La Valse

Sandefjord Church, 18:30

GULDA / CELLO CONCERTO, ARR.  VIOLIN

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