All That Jazz
Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
Featuring a special guest artist every session
Benjamin Schmid, violin
Before he performs with Andrey Boreyko and the Naples Philharmonic during Masterworks, violinist Benjamin Schmid lends his renowned improvisational skills to the Jazz Orchestra. Schmid is equally at home performing with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as he is rolling up his sleeves in the jazz world. This is the first time a guest violinist will perform during All That Jazz.
One of the most versatile of today’s violinists, Benjamin Schmid’s particular strength lies in his exceptionally wide repertoire and very personal style. At the core of his career are works by Austrian composers such as Berg, Goldmark, Korngold, Kreisler, Mozart, Muthspiel, Schoenberg and Webern. He performs and records regularly with pianist Ariane Haering, focusing mainly on Mozart; since 2011, they have edited several Mozart Sonatas and previously unpublished fragments for G. Henle Verlag. Schmid also has a successful career in jazz and regularly presents his Hommage à Grappelli program at jazz venues and classical concert halls alike.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season included his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under the baton of John Storgårds. He returned to the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz and the Oulu Symphony Orchestra, where performed and recorded Uumo Kalmi’s violin concerto. High profile engagements led him to Spain and Portugal, amongst others with the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, Orquesta Sinfónica de las Islas Baleares and Casa da Musica in Porto. His hometown Salzburg welcomed him in orchestral concerts with the Mozarteum Orchestra and in recital with Ariane Haering at the Mozarteum’s Großer Saal.
Schmid’s busy schedule features regular collaborations with orchestras, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Gulbenkian, Finnish Radio Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic and, in the US, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra and Houston Symphony. Engagements in Asia include the New Japan Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony and the Hong Kong Festival, among others. Schmid works especially closely with the Wiener Philharmoniker; their collaborations include the opening concert of the 2004 Salzburger Festspiele and a performance of Fritz Kreisler’s version of Paganini’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Valery Gergiev in 2001 in a concert broadcast in over 60 countries and released on CD and DVD by Deutsche Grammophon. He is also a frequent guest at the major European chamber music festivals.
A passionate recording artist, Schmid has built up an impressive discography of approximately 40 CDs, including many award-winning releases. Prizes regularly include the ECHO Klassik, Gramophone Editor’s Choice and Strad Selection. He was nominated for the Vierteljahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for his recording of Wolf-Ferrari’s Violin Concerto and his latest recording featuring Ligeti’s Violin Concerto was named Record of the Month by Gramophone magazine.
Schmid has won various prizes in international competitions, including the Flesch Competition in 1992, where he received the Mozart, Beethoven and Audience prizes. Aside from his performance career, Schmid holds a professorship at the Mozarteum Salzburg and teaches master classes at Hochschule Bern. He has recently started performing on the “Guyot” Stradivarius from 1705, provided to him by an anonymous sponsor.