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Hailed by critics for recalling "...Perlman in his prime" (The Miami Herald), violinist Giora Schmidt is quickly establishing himself as a virtuoso of the grand tradition - with a distinctive sound. His performances are illuminated by a richness of color and effortless technique making Giora one of the most commanding young artists on the stage today.
He has appeared with numerous symphony orchestras across North America including, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, New Jersey, Fort Worth, Honolulu, San Diego, Vancouver, Toronto, and the Israel Philharmonic. In 2003, he made his Carnegie Hall debut performing the Barber Violin Concerto.
In recital, Giora has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Ravinia Rising Stars series, San Francisco Performances, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and Tokyo's Musashino Cultural Hall. A passionate chamber musician, Giora has collaborated with eminent musicians including, Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum and Michael Tree. He is a regular participant at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and frequently performs with pianist Navah Perlman and cellist Zuill Bailey as part of the Perlman/Schmidt/Bailey Trio.
Born in 1983 to professional Israeli musicians, Giora began playing the violin at the age of four. At 13, he met Maestro Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program and at 16 was invited by Perlman to study under him full-time at the Juilliard Pre College. Giora continued his studies with Perlman at the Juilliard School and also with the late violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay.
Giora was the First Prize winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Greenfield Competition in 2000, the recipient of a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 2005 won the Classical Recording Foundation's Samuel Sanders Award. His debut recital disc Vocalise is currently available on Allegro/Endeavour Classics.