Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “impossible to resist, captivating with lyricism, tonal warmth and boundless enthusiasm,” violinist Giora Schmidt has appeared with many prominent symphony orchestras including Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit, Toronto, Vancouver and the Israel Philharmonic.
As a recitalist and chamber musician, Giora has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, San Francisco Performances, the Louvre Museum in Paris and Tokyo’s Musashino Cultural Hall. His festival appearances include the Ravinia Festival, the Santa Fe and Montreal Chamber Music Festivals, Bard Music Festival, Scotia Festival of Music and Music Academy of the West.
Born in Philadelphia to professional musicians from Israel, Giora began playing the violin at the age of four. He has studied with Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman at the Manhattan School of Music, and Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School.
Through technology and social media, he continues to find new ways of reaching young violinists and music lovers around the world. Giora was appointed Assistant Professor of violin at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music in March 2018.
He is recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation’s Samuel Sanders Award and was a Starling Fellow at the Juilliard School.