Young stars of tomorrow - final concert participants
During his studies with David Geringas and Aldo Parisot, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt attracted attention in numerous competitions: At the International Rostropovitch Competition, for example, the jury chaired by Mstislav Rostropovitch awarded him the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris and the prize for contemporary music. He also won the prize at the German Music Competition in Bonn and first prize at the International Australasian Cello Competition in New Zealand.
He is a prizewinner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the International Leonrad Rose Cello Competition in the USA. Since then, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt has given concerts in Europe, Russia and the USA as a soloist with the most renowned orchestras, such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin German Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Sinfonia Varsovia , the Orchester Philharmonique de Radio France, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Orchestras of Prague and Ljubljana, the Baltimore and Houston Symphony Orchestras as well as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonia under conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yutaka Sado, Hugh Wolff, Jiri Belohlavek, Vassili Sinaiski, Gerd Albrecht, Andrey Boreyko, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Gabriel Feltz, Michael Sanderling, Markus Poschner and Fabrice Bollon. He is also a welcome guest at the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, where he has already given concerts with Christoph Eschenbach.
Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt is also intensively devoted to chamber music, where he has performed with important artists such as Lang Lang, Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Nikolaj Znaider, Leonidas Kavakos, Kyoko Takezawa, Miriam Fried, Edgar Meyer and David Shifrin. He was also a member of the Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center in New York and forms the cello duo “Cello Duello” with Jens Peter Maintz. Concerts in recent seasons have taken him to the Berlin Philharmonie, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Philharmonie am Gasteig and the Herkulessaal Munich, the Kennedy Center Washington, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Theater de Chatelet and Theater de Champs Elysee in Paris, Wigmore Hall London, Prague's Rudolfinum and Tokyo's Suntory Hall. In September 2001 his CD "French Impressions" was released by Sony Classical, followed in September 2004 by Sony Classical as well, his highly acclaimed recording of Sergei Prokofiev's cello concertos. Last year his recording of the cello concertos by Schumann and Elgar was released by Sony Classical. His recording of Bloch's “Voice in the Wilderness” with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin was also released on the Capriccio label. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt was awarded the German Record Critics' Prize and the Diapason d'Or in 2013 for his recording of the Piano Quartet by Carl Maria von Weber (with Isabelle Faust, Boris Faust and Alexander Melnikov). Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt plays a cello made by Matteo Gofriller that Hugo Becker once owned.