Born and educated in Russia, Eduard Schmieder has been characterized as an “extraordinary musician of the late 20th century” (Henry Roth). As artist and teacher, Schmieder seeks to preserve and enhance the great traditions of American and European art. As conductor and violinist Schmieder has performed in such prestigious halls as Cite de la Musique in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Crown Hall in Jerusalem, Grand Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and other major concert halls worldwide, and has collaborated with such musicians as Yehudi Menuhin, Ida Haendel, Martha Argerich, Brooks Smith, Nathaniel Rosen, Jon Kimura-Parker, Erick Friedman, and many others. In 1996, Eduard Schmieder performed a recital in Genoa on Paganini’s famous Guarneri del Gesu “Il Cannone” violin.
Eduard Schmieder is the L. H. Carnell Distinguished Professor and Artistic Director for Strings at Temple University in Philadelphia. Prior to this appointment, he held the Distinguished Algur H. Meadows Chair of Violin and Chamber Music in the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas (1990-2006), and a tenured Professor of the Violin at the University of Southern California, the position formerly held by Jascha Heifetz. Students of Professor Schmieder are winners of top prizes at prestigious international competitions, have established careers as soloists, chamber musicians, and hold leading positions in orchestras in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
A recipient of American Cultural Specialist Award from United States Information Agency (1999), throughout the years he received numerous awards for his accomplishments as a Musician and Teacher and recognition for his contributions to culture.
Schmieder has taught master classes in virtually every foremost conservatory in the world and has been performing, teaching, and conducting at international music festivals. Since 2004, he is a member of the faculty at the Mozarteum Summer Academie Salzburg. As a jury member, he has been representing United States at leading international competitions including the Queen Elisabeth, Sibelius, Paganini, Sarasate, Lipizer, and ARD. He is also an Artistic Advisor to the Foundation “Remember Enescu” in Romania, Summit International Music Festival in New York, and Honorary President of iPalpiti Artists International, together with Dame Ida Haendel.
He has been written about in books by Henry Roth “Violin Virtuosos: From Paganini to 21st Century” and Margaret Campbell “The Great Violinists,” as well as three featured articles in The Strad magazine.