Date(s) - 04/20/2019
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community School of Music and Arts
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FREE ADMISSION | Doors open at 7:00pm. Seating is limited; arrive early!
Location: Tateuchi Hall
Axel Schmitt (CSMA Faculty, piano) takes on the herculean task of performing piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. This is the fourth in the series of concerts leading up to the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020.
Axel Schmitt earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004; a Master of Music from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001; and a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Los Angeles in 1999.
Born in Germany in 1975, Axel Schmitt received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance as a student of the renowned Russian Pianist Prof. Vitaly Margulis at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. At UCLA, Dr. Schmitt taught both private studio lessons and keyboard proficiency classes for undergraduate music majors. Before coming to the bay area, he served as a faculty at Southwest Music Conservatory and a staff pianist at Biola University in the Los Angeles area. As the first prize winner of the Los Angeles Liszt Competition and the national German competition Jugend musiziert, he has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber-musician throughout the United States, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Hungary, and Russia. Press reviews describe him as “a great pianistic talent” of an “amazing artistic range with a singing sound quality, tasteful power, noblesse, and calmness.” He is an “artist of mature, extremely rich ability of expression” who possesses “virtuosity, temperament, but also a great sense of melody and poetry.” In 2007, he was granted permanent residency by the United States government as an artist of extraordinary ability.