Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt studied with Aldo Parisot at The Juilliard School in New York, with David Geringas at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, and had the honor of working with Mstislav Rostropovitch during his later career. Amongst other achievements, he has won the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb, and was a prize winner at the Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris and the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 1992 he won the first prize at the International Music Competition PACEM IN TERRIS in Bayreuth. Since then he has performed with major orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, working with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jiri Belohlavek, Vassili Sinaiski and Hugh Wolff. Major international Festival appearances include the Ravinia Festival.
A devoted chamber musician, Schmidt has collaborated with renowned artists such as Christoph Eschenbach, Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Lang Lang and Edgar Meyer. He was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, and is currently a member of the acclaimed duo Cello Duello with Jens Peter Mainz. Schmidt has recorded solo works for Sony Classical and chamber music for Harmonia Mundi and Solo Musica. As a conductor, Schmidt has led several international ensembles, including Metamorphosen Berlin, which he founded together with violinist Indira Koch. They record their debut album for Sony this year. Schmidt is a professor at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar, Germany, and a guest professor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. He plays on an instrument built by Matteo Goffriller which previously belonged to Hugo Becker.
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