Michal Schmidt, cello
Israeli musician Michal Schmidt is currently the Brandywine Visiting Artist at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. In this role she will be performing concerts and teaching master classes at the university throughout the academic year. She is also an instructor at Haverford and Bryn Mawr colleges, and at the University of Pennsylvania she teaches in the College House Music program. Between the years 2000-2008 Michal was on the faculty at Dickinson College in Carlisle, where she taught cello and was in charge of chamber music activities at the college.
Ms. Schmidt performs with various ensembles in the Philadelphia area: Network for New Music, Penn Composers Guild, the Hildegard Chamber Players, Trio Camille and Piano4, among others. Michal and two of her Israeli colleagues have recently established the Tiadam piano trio, and the group is preparing for a tour of concerts in Israel. In Philadelphia Ms. Schmidt has launched the series "Tribute," which is dedicated to performances of works by composers with whom she has worked closely.
Ms. Schmidt has been a double major instrumentalist throughout her career. She studied at Rubin Music Academy in Tel Aviv, Israel, the Royal Academy in London, England, and in the US at the Curtis Institute, University of the Arts and Temple University. Michal was the winner of scholarships from the American Israeli Cultural Fund and the Israeli Arts Council which enabled her to study in Europe. At the Royal Academy she received the Tobias Matthay Award and was the only student ever to receive two Artist Diplomas on two instruments in a single year.
Her teachers included cellists Uzi Wiezel, David Soyer, Lorne Monroe and Jeffrey Solow. Under Mr. Solow’s tutelage, Schmidt received her doctorate degree in Cello Performance at Temple University, centering her dissertation on the cello sonatas of Beethoven. For that project Michal recorded two of the sonatas playing both the cello and piano parts. (Recording available on CDBaby.)
Ms.Schmidt has participated in numerous master classes and lessons with members of the Guarneri Quartet, cellists Lynn Harrell, William Pleeth, and Mischa Maisky as well as pianists Claude Frank, Peter Serkin, Raquel Adonaylo, Ilona Vincze (Israel), and Dennis Murdoch (UK).
In the summers, Schmidt is active in numerous festivals, including Summer-Trios, the Maine Chamber Music Workshop, and Lake Forest Chamber Music Seminar.