Born and educated in Russia, Eduard Schmieder has been characterized as an “extraordinary musician of the late 20th century” (Henry Roth). As conductor and violinist Schmieder has performed in prestigious concert halls worldwide and has collaborated with such musicians as Yehudi Menuhin, Ida Haendel, Martha Argerich, and many others. In 1996, he performed a recital in Genoa on Paganini’s famous Guarneri del Gesu “Il Cannone” violin.
Eduard Schmieder holds the L. H. Carnell Chair Professor of Violin and is Artistic Director for Strings at Temple University, Philadelphia where he teaches an internationally selected class of students. Prior positions were a Distinguished Algur H. Meadows Chair of Violin and Chamber Music in the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas (1990-2006), and tenured professor of the violin at the University of Southern California, the position formerly held by Jascha Heifetz. Since 2004, he is on the faculty at the Mozarteum Summer Academy Salzburg. He frequently serves as a jury member at international competitions including Queen Elisabeth, Sibelius, Paganini, and Sarasate. Throughout the years he received numerous awards as a Musician and Teacher for his invaluable contributions to culture. 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.