WOLFGANG EMANUEL SCHMIDT – Violoncello
Worldwide representation excluding Italy, Spain and South Africa.
“Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt is one of the leading cellists of his generation, in our time.” Mstislav Rostropovitch
“Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt proved himself to be a cellist of impeccable technique, poise and taste. “ Yo-Yo Ma
Soulful and imminently deep expression, astonishing technical supremacy and a remarkable presence of artistic inspiration is what distinguishes Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt’s interpretations Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt is a first prize winner at the German National Music Competition in Bonn, the 1st International Adam Cello Competition in New Zealand, and the International Music Competitions in Bayreuth and Markneukirchen, Germany. He was awarded the “Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris” at the International Rostropovitch Competition in Paris where the international jury was headed by Mstislav Rostropovitch himself. Here he also won the prize for contemporary music. He is a prize winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and International Leonard Rose Cello Competition in the USA.
Wolfgang performs worldwide with such prestigious orchestras as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Slovenian RTV Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Houston and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras as well as the Prague Philharmonia and Radio Symphony. He collaborates with such esteemed conductors as Gerd Albrecht, Jiri Belohlavek, Andrey Boreyko, Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Marek Janowski, Heinz Rögner, Donald Runnicles, Yutaka Sado, Vassili Sinaiski, Heinz Wallberg, and Hugh Wolff.
He has performed in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Philharmonic Hall in Munich, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Theatre du Champs Elysee, the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, the Wigmore Hall London, the Carnegie Hall and the Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, as well as in the Suntory Hall in Tokyo and at the Ravinia Festival, USA. In 2012 he toured Japan with Yutaka Sado and toured South Africa in concert and recital.
In 2010 Wolfgang formed the Chamber Orchestra Metamorphosen Berlin as Music Director and Conductor alongside violinist, Indira Koch. It is made up of internationally renowned chamber musicians from Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Hungary, Argentina, Venezuela, Korea and Japan. This Berlin based orchestra performs regularly throughout Germany and Europe and releases it’s first album shortly. In May 2014 he toured Spain conducting the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in a program of Jancek, Haydn and Mozart and recently conducted the Chamber Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin. He returns to the International Musikfest, Goslar as conductor annually and will conduct the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra later this season.
He devotes himself also to chamber music and has already performed together with such renowned artists as Lang Lang, Christoph Eschenbach, Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Nicolaj Znaider, Leonidas Kavakos, Kyoko Takezawa, Miriam Fried, Edgar Meyer and
David Shifrin. From 2000-2002 he was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center in New York and he is currently a member of the acclaimed duo Cello Duello with Jens Peter Maintz. He has performed solo and chamber recitals for the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville.
His first CD for Sony Classical French Impressions was released in autumn 2001. The second in 2004 – all cello concertos by Sergei Prokofiev followed by the cello concertos by Schumann and Elgar in April 09. He collaborated with Isabelle Faust in releasing a Weber album which was awarded a Diapason d’Or and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik ( Prize of the German Record Critics ). Solo Musica released the first Cello Duello album, and for Capricio he recorded Bloch’s “Voice in the Wilderness”. In 2016 Naxos will release the recently recorded Brahms 3 Piano Quartets and Mahler Quartet in A minor.
Wolfgang 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. He plays on an instrument built by Matteo Goffriller, which previously belonged to Hugo Becker.