Michal Schmidt - Pianist & Cellist

past highlights

Network for New Music
Haverford College
Bryn Mawr College
New Eng. Music Camp
The Maine Chamber Music Seminar


Michal Schmidt is a passionate advocate for composers. I have been consistently impressed by the intensity and precision she brings to her performances.
James Primosch (Dr Robert Weiss Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania)

"Michal Schmidt and her pianist collaborator Sandrine Erdely Sayo compelled the listeners to... my formidable composition, 'Night Vision'. The rhythmic precision and intensity was... breath-taking."
Composer Robert Patterson, Nashville TN

"Violinist sparkles; accompanist added much to fine concert ... violinist Carmit Zori was indeed fortunate to have the gifted talents of her pianist and friend Michal Schmidt, who shared the spotlight with obvious relish and skill."
(Franklin, PA)

Musician: No such thing as ‘mistake-free performance’ - an interview with The Chestnut Hill Local

"Ms. Zori received generous support from pianist Michal Schmidt. Ms. Schmidt was able to blend with the violin in the most satisfying way. The fact that Ms. Schmidt is also an accomplished cellist helps explain her clairvoyant collaboration with another string player."
(Pittsburgh, PA)
"I was captivated by cellist Michal Schmidt's playing of the romantic repertoire. She played Schumann with impressive restraint, which highlighted qualities in the music that are usually not perceived. The artists' success was especially evident in the sonata by Shostakovich, where they were unfettered by classical or romantic conventions of sound and expression."
(Haifa, Israel)
"The composition ( Victor Steinhardt's Sonata Boogie) champions the versatility of Ms. Monroe and pianist Michal Schmidt, two Philadelphia-based musicians who know no borders, no limits. They clearly had the skill and enthusiasm for it."
(Staten Island, NY)
"Michal plays in a very strong, persuasive manner. I find her to be an excellent pianist, intelligent musician and a special artist."
Pianist Peter Serkin
"Michal is an extremely gifted and accomplished cellist and musician who is also an excellent pianist."
Cellist David Soyer
"Michal is an excellent instrumentalist and a very fine musician."
Violinist Felix Galimir
"Ms. Schmidt is an artist of exceptional ability and sensitivity ... she is an extraordinarily accomplished pianist and cellist. Her musical sophistication brings only the highest degree of serious music-making."
Violinist David Cerone
"Michal Schmidt is a remarkable musician ... and a delight to be around."
Cellist Alan Harris
"Michal is an outstanding musician with great command of the instrument."
Cellist Eleonore Schoenfeld
"Ms. Schmidt's playing was on the highest level... she has distinguished herself admirably."
Pianist Stewart Gordon
"I consider Michal Schmidt a remarkably gifted artist. Her superior piano and cello playing is highly impressive."
Violinist Josef Gingold
"Michal Schmidt is an extremely fine talent. She has a big beautiful tone, a great sense of style and she interjects great excitement in her performances."
Cellist Lorne Munroe
"Michal Schmidt is a highly talented, energetic musician and a beautiful personable woman. In her playing she combines fine technique and imagination with passion, tenderness and a beautiful sound ... She has musical integrity rarely found."
Violist Karen Tuttle
"... An unusually gifted artist who belongs to the tradition of the greatest Curtis cello alumni. Ms. Schmidt is also an extremely gifted pianist."
Pianist Vladimir Sokoloff