On Tuesday, March 5, guest Stephen Schmidt will be giving a Master Class from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Bloch.
Performers are singers Jennifer Berkebile, Sharon Lankford, Aaron Scarberry and Saeyeon Kim and accompanists Khe Sin Khoo, Sora Lee, Vivi Zheng and Yana Tyulkova.
Conductor and pianist Stephen Schmidt has worked with virtually all the foremost singers of his time, from Renee Fleming to Placido Domingo, Thomas Hampson to Susan Graham, to name a few. He has served as conductor at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and assistant to Zubin Mehta, as well as being assistant and pianist to Barenboim at Bayreuth, including for the highly regarded Kupfer/Barenboim DVD recordings of Das Rheingold and Die Götterdämmerung. Schmidt has also been head of music for opera houses in Cologne, Bremen and Saarbruecken and assisted Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Georg Solti, and Sir Colin Davis, among others. He has been a frequent guest conductor for orchestras throughout Germany and chamber musician and collaborative pianist in concert and recording and served as the founder and artistic director of a new Bach Academy in Munich. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, Schmidt studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and conducting with Leon Barzin in New York. Currently he is Professor of Opera Repertoire and Dean of Studies at the State University for Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany. He also teaches at the Abraxas Musical Academy in Munich as well as being a much sought after teacher by numerous private students from around the world.