Kroll / Goldmark / Gerswin / Hank / Ravel / Prokofiev
Benjamin Schmid / Ariane Haering
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Jascha Heifetz is one of the greatest violin virtuosos of the past century. The Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid takes the 120th anniversary of his birthday in 2021 as an opportunity for the release of an album in honor of this extraordinary musician. Together with his wife Ariane Haering at the piano, Schmid presents "Heifetz Favorites", featuring Heifetz's arrangements of works which he used to perform with great success in concerts. The album comprises countless audience hits which Heifetz arranged with virtuosity such as the Saber Dance by Khatschaturian, the Valse from Tchaikovsky's String Serenade, Banjo and Fiddle by W. Kroll or Alt-Wien by Godowsky. Two pieces from Gershwin's Porgy & Bess create a link to jazz, which is represented by Mish Mash by Antoni Donchev and two tracks by Austrian Sabina Hank inspired by Duke Ellington. Thus, this repertoire is entirely in the tradition of Heifetz, who always thought across genres and kept an eye on contemporary art.
Since his debut at the Salzburg Festival as the solo partner of Sir Yehudi Menuhin in 1986, Benjamin Schmid has become one of the most important violinists of our time with his worldwide, ever-intense concert schedule. Since then, he has performed as soloist on the world's most important stages with renowned orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the St. Petersburger Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra.
Benjamin Schmid's more than fifty CDs have been awarded the German Record Critics' Award (the only violinist in both classical and jazz categories), the Echo Klassik Award, Gramophone Editor's Choice and Strad Selection, sometimes multiple times.
Benjamin Schmid has performed multiple times in televised concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic that have been broadcast worldwide: With Seiji Ozawa at the Salzburg Festival and with Valery Gergiev at the Summer Night Concert at Schönbrunn Palace. Several documentaries about Benjamin Schmid that have been broadcast worldwide round off the violinist's exceptional standing.
Swiss pianist Ariane Haering initially studied with Cécile Pantillon and Catherine Courvoisier in her home city of La Chaux-de-Fonds. She subsequently spent a year at the University of North Carolina where she studied with Clifton Matthews, and completed her studies in 1996 in the class of Brigitte Meyer with a 1er Prix de Virtuosité avec les félicitations du Jury. Together with the pianist Ardita Statovci, she founded the "ariaditaduo" in 2015, whose repertoire ranges from Bach to Staud; the duo regularly interprets commissioned works by contemporary composers.
In 2016, Ariane Haering became a member of the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien. Since the group's founding, they have performed a cycle in the Brahms-Saal of the Vienna Musikverein, and each year they present the "BergFrühling" Festival at Lake Ossiach in the Carinthia region of Austria. Her performances at the Salzburg Festival, the Salzburg Mozartwoche, at the International Mozarteum Foundation, the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, and the Ruhr Piano Festival cement her reputation as an international artist.