Cello Fest - Wolfgang Schmidt

Wolfgang Schmidt

“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. I strongly recommend him to you.”
Yo-Yo Ma

During his studies with Aldo Parisot at the Juilliard School in New York and David Geringas at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt won the First Prizes of 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. At the International Rostropovitch Competition in Paris the international jury headed by Mstislav Rostropovitch awarded him the “Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris” and the prize for contemporary music. He is also a prize-winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the International Leonard Rose Cello Competition in the USA.

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt has performed in Europe, Russia, Japan and the USA as soloist with such prestigious orchestras as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin; the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Berlin; the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Paris; the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Slovenian RTV Symphony Orchestra; the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, London; the Houston and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras as well as the Prague Philharmonia. He has performed under the batons of many leading conductors, including Charles Dutoit, Gerd Albrecht, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jiri Belohlavek, Vassili Sinaiski, Andrey Boreyko, Hugh Wolff, Heinz Wallberg, Heinz Rögner and Marek Janowski. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt has also performed in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Philharmonic Hall in Munich, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Théâtre du Champs Elysée, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall and the Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt devotes himself also to chamber music and has performed 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. He is currently a member of the Goldfeld-Schmidt-Nebolsin Piano Trio. His first CD for Sony Classical — French Impressions — was released in 2001. In 2004, Sony Classical released his the second recording including all cello concertos by Sergei Prokofiev. His third CD featured the cello concertos of Schumann and Elgar. His recording of Bloch’s Voice in the Wilderness was released on the Capriccio label.

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt holds a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar and at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. He plays on an instrument built by Matteo Goffriller, which previously belonged to Hugo Becker.

Wolfgang Schmidt will be giving a recital with Katherine Austin at the Waikato International Cello Fest 2016 at 7.30pm, Thursday 25 August in the Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber. His concert will be in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. Tickets are now available through the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts website: