“Technical lightness, ardent playing full of warm expression, a deep understanding of the chamber music in its purest form, all of this is surprisingly naturally unified in this noble and magnanimous artist.” (Resmusica)
Since the start of his musical career Georges-Emmanuel Schneider has steadily developed into a highly versatile artist. His range of repertoire is extremely diverse, with a particular emphasis on late Romanticism and Modernism, as well as jazz, improvisation and electronics. His energetic and passionate playing is held in great esteem by both the public and critics alike.
Born in 1980, the French-Swiss violinist has enjoyed a busy concert life, performing as both soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and worldwide, including Brazil and Japan. He studied for eight years with the esteemed pedagogue Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, graduating there in 2006 with distinction in the violin class of Lavard Skou-Larsen. His development as an artist was further influenced by studying with musicians including Zbigniew Czapczynski, Lola Benda, Igor Oistrakh and Pierre Amoyal.
His extraordinary artistic career began at the age of 21 when he founded his own orchestra which presented critically acclaimed public concerts at the Tonhalle Zürich until 2006. This afforded him invaluable experience as an artistic manager and in extensive programme planning. As a soloist he had an early interest in 20th century music and has performed works for violin and orchestra such as Frank Martin’s “Polyptyque”, Alban Berg’s “Chamber Concert” and Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres”, amongst others. Georges has recorded several CDs with the label Classic Concert Records; amongst them the CD Solo Sonatas, containing a unique recording of Bartok’s “Solo Sonata” in its original version. Highly praised by the international press, this recording was awarded a Resmusica “Clef” in 2011.
Despite his classical music education and his broad classical violin repertoire Georges explores a daring and broad musical terrain, which reflects his artistic curiosity. Through this diversity he strives to develop new sounds and performance concepts and consciously explores the question of the future of music. He is much in demand as a performer of world premieres and was a committed member of the OENM (Austrian Ensemble for New Music) for several years, until 2014. Through the Austrian drummer Gerald Endstrasser Georges has also entered the field of jazz music. Since 2011 he has been a visiting Professor at such conservatoires as the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China Conservatory Beijing, Chinese Culture University Taipei and the Music University Zagreb. From 2014 he is also organising the International Concert Series Weissenhorn in Germany, together with the soprano Esther Kretzinger.
Georges has performed in venues including the Tonhalle Zürich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Wien, Cadogan Hall London, LSO St. Luke’s, Brucknerhaus Linz, KHS Hall Taipeh, Bâtiment des Forces Motrices Genève, National Concert Hall Dublin, Rudolfinum Prague, New York Metropolitan Museum, Kulturcasino Bern, Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern, amongst others. He has participated in festivals such as Salzburger Festspiele, Bregenzer Festspiele, Wien Modern, Ultraschall Festival Berlin, Salzburg Biennale, Traiettorie Festival Parma, Festival Melos Ethos Bratislava, Biennale Koper, Unerhört! (Bayerischer Rundfunk), Festival Dialoge (International Mozarteum Foundation), Carinthischer Sommer, Sounds of Jazz Salzburg and Salzburger Jazzherbst.
He has collaborated with artists such as Johannes Kalitzke, Franck Ollu, Edmond de Stoutz, Titus Engel, Ondrej Kukal, Eri Klass, David Danzmayr, Noam Zur, Christoph Escher, Oswald Sallaberger, José María Sánchez Verdú, Michel Galante, Rohan de Saram, Michele Marelli, Frank Stadler Quartett, Siegfried Mauser, Liliana Nikiteanu, Esther Kretzinger, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Lavard Skou-Larsen, Georg Friedrich Haas, Toshio Hosokawa, Vinko Globokar, Matthias Spahlinger, José Manuel López López, Roberto Rusconi, Andor Losonczy, Nicolas Tzortzis, Branka Popovic, Marco Döttlinger, Christoph Herndler, Pascal Dusapin, Sir Harrisson Birtwistle, Beat Furrer, Manos Tsangaris, Rudy Vistel, Omara Portuondo, Héctor Ulyses Passarella, Gerald Endstrasser, Tim Collins and Wayne Darling.
Georges plays on a Nicolas Lupot violin from 1810. It is one only six models in existence which the French master crafted in homage to the instruments of Guarneri del Gesù. Georges also owns an electric violin and a violinophone which form his versatile “sound ensemble”.