“If everyone is on fire for this Orchestra, why stop?”Claudia Schmidt - Violin
She remembers that Abbado created an incredible atmosphere, that the musicians literally couldn’t wait to go on stage. Claudia felt that there was a real connection between all the musicians; they all listened to each other and really enjoyed playing together. To her, OM means “pure passion, friendship and harmony”. Claudia still perceives the fire that animates the Orchestra and is more than ready to play… encore!
Claudia Schmidt was born in 1984 and began studying the violin at the age of six. She was a pupil of Prof. Valery Gradow and Alexia Eichhorn. She studied with Prof. Friedemann Eichhorn, first at the Folkwang-Hochschule and later, from 2003 onwards, at the “Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt” in Weimar, where she was awarded a diploma with top marks in 2007.
She won a two-year scholarship with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester in Berlin, and she currently plays as a scholarship holder with the Orchesterakademie of the Staatsoper “Unter den Linden” in Berlin, with Daniel Barenboim as conductor.
As a soloist she has played with the Janaer Philharmonie, the Württembergischen Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Philharmonie “Banatul” and the Kurpfälzischen Kammerorchester. She is one of the first violins of Orchestra Mozart in Bologna, conducted by Claudio Abbado. She has played in festivals and theatres all over Europe with famous musicians such as Saschko Gawriloff, Friedemann Eichhorn, Michael Flaksman, José Gallardo and Wolfram Christ.
She has won numerous prizes and played with famous musicians on the radio and on German television (NDR-Rundfunk, SWR-Rundfunk and SWR-Fernsehen).
She has taken part in masterclasses with Igor Oistrakh, Thomas Zehetmair, Nobert Brainin, Alberto Lysy, Paul Roczek, Thomas Brandis and Saschko Gawriloff.
Claudia Schmidt is a member of the Christ-Quartett.