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MMus, BMus (Hons), LMusA, AMusA, Dip Mus, TAE4011
Carl Schmidt holds a bachelor of music degree with first-class honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he studied with Elizabeth Powell. After receiving a full scholarship to study in The Hague, he earned a master’s degree in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of The Netherlands and studied with David Kuyken. Further study took him to London, where he had lessons with Naum Grubert and Peter Feuchtwanger.
In Europe, Mr Schmidt regularly appeared as a soloist and as a member of various ensembles. He was invited to perform in the 2004 International Chopin Festival in The Hague and with Steve Reich during the 2003 Steve Reich Festival.
Mr Schmidt has recorded the complete Chopin Preludes and the Brahms Fantasien Opus 116. He has been a soloist with the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, the Balmain Sinfonia, the Concertente Ensemble and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. An experienced recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician, he was a recitalist for the Sydney Conservatorium’s Virtuoso Piano Series and a lecturer and performer at the 2008 Summer Piano Teachers’ Festival.
Currently Head of Piano at the Central Coast Conservatorium, Mr Schmidt continues to give workshops and masterclasses for various musical organisations state-wide. He was a jury member for the 2016 ACASEA International Music Festival Piano Competition presented by the Australia China Arts Study & Exchange Association.