Christian Schmidt, piano

Christian Schmidt studied the piano at universities in his home town Graz, as well as Vienna and Freiburg/Breisgau, amongst others under the instruction of Sebastian Benda, Markus Schirmer, Elza Kolodin and Rudolf Kehrer.  With his piano trio ”Trioskop", Christian Schmidt undertook postgraduate studies in the master class of the Altenberg Trio in Vienna. Master classes led by Paul Badura-Skoda, Paul Gulda, Erich Höbarth, the Fontenay Trio and members of the Hagen Quartet complemented his training.

Christian Schmidt has won several first prizes in the youth-competition "Jugend musiziert". He is holder of the Bösendorfer-scholarship and has furthermore managed to qualify for scholarships awarded by the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria, the Federal District of Styria and the City of Graz.

In the course of his concert career, Christian Schmidt performed at international festivals (Udine, Berlin, Constance, Villecroze), gave numerous solo recitals for "Jeunesse Musicale”, debuted at the Vienna Concert Hall and performed several times as a soloist together with the Graz Symphonic Orchestra.

Christian Schmidt is the creative mastermind and initiator, artistic director of the classical chamber music concert series MusikAbendeGRAZ, which takes place in the Chamber Music Hall of Congress Graz.