Interpretation Course for Violin and Chamber Music with Rainer Schmidt

Interpretation Course for Violin and Chamber Music with Rainer Schmidt

Rainer Schmidt

We shall inform you of your new course dates for 2021.

The registration is not yet binding.

Target Groups: violin, trios, quartets

Languages: English, German

Course location: Chesa da Cultura, Via Dimlej 44, CH-7500 St. Moritz

Interpretation Course for Violin and Chamber Music with Rainer Schmidt
The course of interpretation focuses on a musician’s approach to violin playing based on searching and finding. How can violin playing be explained though? The more objective the approach, the better strategies can be developed that will solve the most varied mechanical and musical problems. To this end, Rainer Schmidt, together with the participants in his course, will consider the very basics necessary to achieve truly excellent results. Obviously, this attempt cannot possibly be 100% successful, because otherwise everyone could be as good as the great violinists of history. But the point is to keep on trying. Rainer Schmidt intends to help the participants in searching for answers, or rather, in raising good questions. Concerning the ensembles, it will also be necessary to consider what exactly separates the very good ensembles from the less good ones and how to improve results in a targeted manner.

Pianist Marco Scilironi will accompany the participants in the master class on the piano. He will complement the course of interpretation with his own teaching and help with rehearsals for the final concert.

Rainer Schmidt studied violin in Hanover and Cincinnati/USA with Professor Atila and Dorothy Delay. During his studies in the US, he played in a string quartet with Professor Walter Levin and the other members of the LaSalle Quartet. Since 1987, Rainer Schmidt has been the 2nd violinist of the Hagen Quartet. Since then, he has given concerts with these ensembles all over the world. There are more than 50 recordings, a.o. for Deutsche Grammophon and Myrios, which enjoy enormous recognition. He also is a founding member of the Ravinio Trio. Since 1988, he teaches at the Mozarteum University Salzburg. From 2002 till 2007, he taught the String Quartet and Violin class at the Escuela de Música Reina Sofía, the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid. Since 2007, Rainer Schmidt has been Professor of Violin and String Quartet at the Basel Academy of Music. In addition to his teaching activities, he also is a juror at international competitions and holds master classes in Europe, Asia, and North America. Some of the most famous young quartets have studied with him.

Rainer Schmidt is a Honorary Member of the Vienna Konzerthausgesellschaft and been awarded the The Medal of Merit of the Province of Salzburg.

Marco Scilironi studied in Italy with Riccardo Zadra and Federica Righini. He continued his studies at the FHNW Academy of Music in Basel with Filippo Gamba, Claudio Martínez Mehner, Rainer Schmidt, and Ferenc Rados. In 2014, Marco Scilironi was awarded the prize of the Renzo Giubergia Foundation Turin. As an accomplished chamber musician, he regularly performs at festivals as a member of renowned chamber-music groups. His interest in contemporary music has led to collaborations with several composers and the corresponding CD recordings. As a soloist, he has performed with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra da Camera di Padova e del Veneto, the Archi de Sono, and other orchestras. Marco Scilironi has been a répétiteur at the Academy of Music in Basel since 2016.