Born in Not specified
Member since 01.03.2001


Her father was a concertmaster, and became her first violin teacher. Rachel Schmidt was twelve when she made her concert debut with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester of Bremen. From 1991 to 1995, she studied at the music academies of Hamburg, Lübeck and Saarbrücken, completing her training as an orchestral musician with Valery Klimov at the Saar Hochschule. A DAAD fellowship allowed her to attend the master class of Igor Ozim in Berne. Further studies followed with Thomas Brandis at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin from 1998 to 2000, concluding with her concert exam.

Meanwhile, she was accumulating practical experience playing in various conservatory orchestras, at the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester in Saarbrücken, with the RIAS-Jugendorchester and the European Festival Orchestra. Since joining the Berliner Philharmoniker, she plays in a variety of chamber-music ensembles, including the Philharmonic String Soloists, the Berlin Philharmonic Camerata and the Venus Ensemble.


First prize: »Jugend musiziert« (1990)
First prize: Walter Gieseking Instrumental Competition (1995)
Prizewinner: German Music Foundation, Hamburg (1998)

Ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Venus Ensemble Berlin
Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
Philharmonic Camerata
Brahms Ensemble Berlin

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