Rainer Schmidt

Rainer Schmidt was strongly influenced by Walter Levin of the LaSalle Quartet, and later by Ivry Gitlis and Tatjana Grindenko, as well as by Nicolaus Harnoncourt. He studied with Atila Aydintan in Hanover and with Dorothy Delay in Cincinnati. In 1987 Rainer Schmidt joined the renowned Hagen Quartet, and in 1989 he founded the Ravinia Piano Trio, with which he has performed in numerous countries around the world. Since 1988 he has taught chamber music at the Mozarteum University. Since October 2007 he has been professor of violin and chamber music at the Basel Music Academy.