Michal Schmidt - Pianist & Cellist


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Network for New Music
Haverford College
Bryn Mawr College
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New Eng. Music Camp
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Michal Schmidt receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.



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In 2007 I decided to fully dedicate a concert to works by composers - friends who I collaborated with. I invited a number of colleagues for this purpose and thus was born:

“Tribute; Works of Friends Performed by Friends”

Over time I opted to include special Tribute concerts to alternate with the programs that were purely constructed of ‘new’ music. Those included a marathon of Brahms sonatas, an evening dedicated to Schumann’s 200th birthday, and a Beethoven May 2015.

Summary of Tribute concerts

TRIBUTE I

January 20th, 2007. Ethical Society of Philadelphia
Works by: Osvaldo Golijov, Jan Radzynski, Todd Shilhanek, Mats Lidström, Sylvia Glickman.
Participating musicians: Michal Schmidt -Cello/piano, Corrie Rauli -soprano, Jeannine Maddox- Marimba, Glenn Fischbach- cello

TRIBUTE 2

Special tribute to Johannes Brahms on the 110th anniversary of his death
May 4th, 2007. Ethical Society of Philadelphia
Works performed: 2 Cello sonatas: op. 38, and op. 99 (Schmidt/Erdely-Sayo)
3 Violin sonatas: op. 78, op. 99, op. 101 (Monroe/Schmidt)
Participating musicians: Michal Schmidt-cello/piano, Sandrine Erdely-Sayo-piano, Diane Monroe-violin

TRIBUTE 3

March 21, 2009 Ethical Society of Philadelphia
Works by: Margaret Garwood, Richard Wernick, Laurence Sherr, Scott Eggert, Kevin Cope, Mats Lidström
Participating musicians: Michal Schmidt - cello/piano, Diane Monroe - violin, Jennifer Barker-piano, Miyuki Hashimoto-soprano.

TRIBUTE 4

May 18th, 2010 Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia
Special tribute to Robert Schumann on the 200th anniversary of his birth
Works performed: Violin sonata in A minor, Dichterliebe song Cycle, Fantasy Pieces for cello and piano
Participating musicians: Michal Schmidt-cello/piano, Diane Monroe-violin, Andrew Cummings-baritone, Galina Prilutzkaya-piano

TRIBUTE 5

April 29, 2012 Ethical Society of Philadelphia
Works by: Robert Maggio, Noam Sivan, Erica Ball, Margaret Garwood, Andrew Rudin, Mats Lidström
Participating musicians: Michal Schmidt-cello/piano, Marcantonio Barone-piano, Shannon Coulter-soprano

TRIBUTE 6

April 12th, 2014 Ethical Society of Philadelphia
Works by: Lori Laitman, Jacob Clue, Luke Carlson, Philip Maneval, Heidi Jacob, Mats Lidström
Participating musicians: Michal Schmidt-cello/piano, Shannon Coulter-soprano, Debra Lew Harder-piano

TRIBUTE 7

Special tribute to Beethoven: The cello sonatas
May 16th, 2015 Ethical Society of Philadelphia
Works performed: The five cello sonatas by Beethoven. Ms. Schmidt will perform as cellist for three sonatas and as pianist for two sonatas
Participating musicians: Michal Schmidt-cello /piano, Ovidiu Marinescu-cello, Tom Kraines-cello, Matthew Bengtson-piano, Jacqueline Faiman-piano, Debra Lew Harder-piano

TRIBUTE 8

May 22, 2016 Ethical Society of Philadephia
Works by: Paul Somer, David Thomas, Andrea Clearfield. Ofer Ben Amots
Participating musicians: Michal Schmidt- cello/piano, Norma Meyer-piano, Christine Delbeau-piano, Guillaume Combet-violin, Alison Herz-Clarinet, Lisa Willson-Soprano