Date : September 9 2016
The Swiss-born pianist Ariane Haering has a richness of chamber music repertoire. Through her many encounters with exceptional musicians, such as Dimitri Ashkenazy, Clemens Hagen, Matthias Schorn, Martin Fröst, Veronika Hagen, Ramon Jaffé, Sylvia Viertel, Sebastian Hess, Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Peter Martens, the Brodsky-, St-Petersburg-, Stadler-, Mozarteum-, Petersen-, Sine Nomine- and Casal-Quartetts, she has had the opportunity to play in numerous festivals and venues throughout Europe, North America and Asia.
Her appearances with orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, the Houston Symphony, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Tonhalle Orchester St-Gallen, the Akademisches Orchester Zürich, the National Symphony Kuala Lumpur, the Berner Kammer Orchester, the Orchestre de Chambre Neuchâtelois, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Genève, the Salzburg Orchester Solisten and the Kammer Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks have established her reputation as virtuoso soloist.
She has won many prizes and awards, including the Eurovision Competition, the Concours Suisse de Musique pour la Jeunesse, the Concerto Competition of the University of North Carolina, Prix de Jeune Soliste de la Communauté des Radios Publiques de Langue Française, Prix Miéville, Prix LExpress, Prix du Lyons Club, Prix Rotary International.
Benjamin Schmid is one of the most versatile of todays violinists, whose particular strength lies in his exceptionally wide repertoire and very personal style. He combines his qualities as a soloist, the extraordinary broad range of his repertoire with his remarkable skill in jazz improvisation. Schmid was also the subject of several films which document his exceptional status as a violinist; they have been screened throughout the world.
Schmid has recorded about 40 albums which have received various awards such as the German Record Prize, the Echo Klassik Prize, the Gramophone Editors Choice and the Strad Selection. Playing over 80 worldwide concerts a year, Schmid has performed on the worlds major stages with renowned orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam under conductors including Valerie Gergiev, Christoph von Dohnanyi, David Zinman, Seiji Ozawa, and Ingo Metzmacher. A faculty member of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Schmid is based in Austria with his wife, the pianist Ariane Haering, and their four children.