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Violinist Giora Schmidt is quickly establishing himself as a virtuoso of the grand tradition with a distinctive voice. His performances are illuminated by a richness of color and effortless technique making Giora one of the most commanding young artists on the stage today.

He has appeared with numerous symphony orchestras around the globe including, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, New Jersey, Fort Worth, Honolulu, San Diego, Vancouver, Toronto, National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM (Mexico City), Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile, Sendai Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic. In 2003, he made his Carnegie Hall debut performing the Barber Violin Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony.

In recital and chamber music, Giora has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and made important debuts at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Ravinia Rising Stars series in Chicago, San Francisco Performances, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and Tokyo's Musashino Cultural Hall. He is a regular guest at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and has collaborated with eminent musicians including Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum and Michael Tree.

Born in Philadelphia in 1983 to professional musicians from Israel, Giora began playing the violin at the age of four. He has studied under Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman at the Manhattan School of Music, and Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School. Committed to sharing his passion for music, Giora regularly seeks out new ways of reaching young violinists through technology and social media.

Giora was the First Prize winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Greenfield Competition in 2000, the recipient of a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 2005 won the Classical Recording Foundation's Samuel Sanders Award.

Connect with Giora @www.facebook.com/gioraschmidt and www.gioraschmidt.com

(2011-12)

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

"High on individuality, Schmidt's rendition of the great violin showpiece was impossible to resist, captivating with lyricism, tonal warmth, and boundless enthusiasm. Where so many performances are carbon copies, this one was his alone."

Cleveland Plain Dealer

"...with a dark-roasted tone that easily filled Orchestra Hall... He caressed the Andante with a full-bodied passion, confidence and slides that winked, perhaps, at [Perlman's] style. The Moto Perpetuo finale went out in a blaze of glory leaving no doubt that Schmidt's got major-league chops."

Detroit Free Press

"...The virtuoso Brahms Sonata was a thrill in all respects: stylish, passionate, technically on the mark and utterly convincing. The same came along with the two Sarasate pieces ... sauced with a pinch of Spanish spice that was perfect. These were confirmation of Schmidt's musicianship and prospects at full sail, music making in the grand tradition. This could be a major career, and deserves careful nurturing."

San Francisco Classical Voice

"...an acutely focused, gleaming sound that recalls Perlman in his prime. Schmidt also possesses a daunting technical arsenal and sailed through the bravura passages of the outer movements with remarkably even articulation at a rapid tempo, without breaking a sweat."

The Miami Herald

"%u2026there was nothing conventional about Giora Schmidt's playing of [Dvorak's Violin Concerto]%u2026He soared, he dazzled, he ripped the double-stops from the strings in handfuls, and rippled through the scale passages with a tone of silvered lightning%u2026 This kind of thing electrifies audiences, especially when it is combined as it was with Schmidt's intensely introspective, richly coloured interpretation of the Adagio. Schmidt capped his standing ovation with a bravura execution of Fritz Kreisler's Recitative and Scherzo-Caprice for Solo Violin." The Chronicle Herald

 

SOLO REPERTOIRE WITH ORCHESTRA

BACH

Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041

Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042

Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043

BARBER

Concerto, Op. 14

BARTOK

Concerto No. 1, Op. Posth.

Concerto No. 2

BEETHOVEN

Concerto in D Major, Op. 61

Romances No. 1 in G Major; No. 2 in F Major

"Triple" Concerto for Violin, Piano & Cello in C Major, Op. 56

BRAHMS

Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

"Double" Concerto in A minor for Violin & Cello, Op. 102

BRUCH

Concerto in G minor, Op. 26

Scottish Fantasy

DVORAK

Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Romance in F minor

LALO

Symphonie Espagnole

MENDELSSOHN

Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

MOZART

Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216

Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218

Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Viola

Adagio in E Major, & Rondo in C Major

PAGANINI

Concerto No. 1

PROKOFIEV

Concerto No. 2 in G minor

RAVEL

Tzigane

SAINT-SAENS

Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61

Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso

SIBELIUS

Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

TCHAIKOVSKY

Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

VIEUXTEMPS

Concerto No. 5 in A minor, Op. 37

VIVALDI

The Four Seasons

WIENIAWSKI

Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22

Polonaise No. 1 in D Major

RECITAL REPERTOIRE

BACH

Sonatas & Partitas

BEETHOVEN

Sonata No.1

Sonata No. 4

Sonata No. 5 "Spring"

Sonata No. 7

Sonata No. 8

Sonata No. 9 "Kreutzer"

Sonata No. 10

BRAHMS

Sonatensatz

Sonata No. 1

Sonata No. 2

Sonata No. 3

DEBUSSY

Sonata

Various short pieces (Clair de lune, Girl with Flaxen Hair, etc.)

DVORAK

Sonatina

4 Romantic Pieces

FAURE

Sonata

FRANCK

Sonata

HANDEL

Sonata No. 4 in D Major

Sonata No. 6 in E Major

HEIFETZ

Various encores/transcriptions

JANACEK

Sonata

KREISLER

Various encores/transcriptions

LISZT (transcribed by Noam Sivan)

Piano Sonata in B minor transcribed for Solo Violin

PHILIP LASSER

Vocalise

MASSENET

Meditation from Thais

MOZART

Sonata K. 301

Sonata K. 304

Sonata K. 377

Sonata K. 378

Sonata K. 454

Sonata K. 526

SARASATE

Habanera

Romanza Andaluza

SCHUBERT

Sonatina in D Major

SCHUMANN

Sonata No. 1 in A minor

Intermezzo from F.A.E. Sonata

SMETANA

Aus der Heimat

YSAYE

Sonata No. 3

ELLEN TAAFFE ZWILICH

Episodes for Violin and Piano

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