“Technical ease, heartfelt and warmly expressive playing, deep understanding of purest chamber music, all of this comes together astoundingly naturally in this noble and generous artistic personality.“(Resmusica, Sept. 2010)
In 2010, Classic Concert Records began releasing a series of recordings dedicated to Georges-Emmanuel Schneider’s art. A live recording of Frank Martin’s Polyptyque and Alban Berg’s chamber concerto already came out in the summer of 2010, receiving a positive welcome from the specialized press. Now, Schneider presents his latest CD Solo Sonatas, which contains a unique version of the original Bartók solo sonata. Much celebrated by the international press, his recording was awarded with a Resmusica “Clef” in March 2011.
Influenced by the Leningrad violin school and the unique style of his former teacher, the legendary violin virtuoso Ruggiero Ricci, Georges-Emmanuel Schneider’s interpretations are celebrated by audience and critics alike.
Born in 1980, the Swiss-French binational violinist has already enjoyed a busy concert life, touring through Europe and abroad, from Brazil to Japan. As a child he was already encouraged by respected musicians such as Edmond de Stoutz, Zbigniew Czapczynski and Ana Chumachenco, before becoming the student of Ruggiero Ricci during eight years at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. He finished his studies with an award of excellence in 2006 in the violin class of Lavard Skou-Larsen. He visited masterclasses of Igor Oistrakh, Victor Pikaisen and Pierre Amoyal, among others.
Schneider began his unusual career in 2003 with the performance of Frank Martin’s „Polyptyque“ at the Zurich Tonhalle. Earlier, he had founded his own orchestra „I Sinfonietti 01“, with which he gratified the public during five years by performing excellent concerts. Since 2007, he appears as a guest soloist and chamber musician in renowned concert halls and festivals. Schneider was particularly successful at the Fukushi Kouryu Center Hamamatsu, Japan, where he was invited for a recital in 2008 in collaboration with Yamaha, and in 2010, at his debut in London’s Cadogan Hall with Beethoven’s triple concerto.
Despite his vast classical violin repertoire, Georges-Emmanuel Schneider specializes in late romantic and contemporary music. He is sought after as an interpreter for premieres and collaborates regularly with the Österreichische Ensemble für Neue Musik (OENM). He has given concerts inter alia at the Salzburg and Bregenz Festivals, the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin and the Salzburg Biennale with artists like Ondrej Kukal, Edmond de Stoutz, Rohan de Saram, the Frank Stadler Quartett, Johannes Kalitzke, Georg Friedrich Haas, Vinko Globokar, Noam Zur, Frank Ollu, Enrico Marconi, Christoph Escher or Oswald Sallaberger.
Georges-Emmanuel Schneider plays on a Nicolas Lupot of 1810. It is one of the rare six models that the French master built after the fashion of Guarneri del Gesù.