Cellist, won several 1st prizes as for example the the „National Youth Competition for Music Germany“.


In 2007 he was the first musician receiving a scholarship for being jr. student at the University of Music in Hamburg with Clemens Malich. 2009 he began his studies with Reinhard Latzko at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and continues them in Heinrich Schiffs well-acclaimed class since 2013.


Masterclasses with the Alban Berg Quartet, Guarneri Quartet and  lessons with Eberhard Feltz shaped the artistic identity of his quartett, which already has a lively schedule,

e.g. at the „Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival“, „Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern“, „Rheingau Musikfestival“, „Podium Festival Esslingen“, „Musikfest Stuttgart“. Chamber music partners were e.g. the Gewandhaus Quartet, Martin Stadtfeld and Daniel Müller-Schott.


Radio productions at the german radiostations like:SWR, NDR and WR are documenting the level of his performances as a soloist and with his quartet.He was solo-cellist in the National Youth Orchestra of Germany and in 2013 he was invited to become a member of Claudio Abbados Orchestra Mozart in Bologna, Italy.

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna are other Orchestras in which he appears regularly.


With which composer would you like to go for a coffee?/ Which composer would you have liked to go for a coffee with?


What was your finest moment on stage?


My last concert I played under Claudio Abbado. It was also the last concert where he conducted the Orchestra Mozart. We played Prokofievs “symphonie classique” and a Mozart piano concerto in the Salle Pleyel in Paris. It was one of the concerts with the most magical moments I experienced, whether it was Radu Lupu in the slow movement of the Mozart or Abbado’s incredible way of forming every phrase in the Prokofiev.










Where would you most like to perform?


If they would manage to finish the building soon, I would really like to play in the new “Elbphilharmonie” in my hometown Hamburg.



With whom would you ideally like to collaborate?


Chamber music with one of the incredible Pianists Martha Argerich or Leif Ove Andsnes!



Which work would you like to PLAY?


I haven’t played Edward Elgar’s cello concerto yet, so that is definitely one of the works I want tostudy soon.






Can music change the world?


Just look at “el sistema” in Venezuela where day by day music saves young people from criminality and violence; just one example that music and art in general can change a lot.





Leo Schmidt - Interview - January 2014


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