Philipp Schmidt, guitarist
Two guitars in constant movement between baroque and minimal music

Stefan Volpp & Philipp Schmidt     Guitars

Featuring works of Couperin, C.P.E. Bach, D. Scarlatti, Reich, Akiho and Domeniconi, this programme unites two different musical styles whose times of origin are about 350 years apart. At a first glance, the musicians’ requirements and the emphasis of the two different styles could not be more contrasting: the richly ornamented baroque pieces – solemn and apt to improvisation – meet the rather mechanical reverberations of minimal music that captivates especially with its inexhaustible motoric patterns. Yet the two guitarists agree that the characteristics common to both musical styles are prevailing, including the repetitive and continually proceeding components as well as the diversity emerging from the smallest musical elements. This creates a wide space of experience where the flowing and swaying breath is setting the pace.

Philipp Schmidt, guitarist
Lovesongs & Loveletters
Jenny Högström    Voice
Philipp Schmidt    Romantic Guitar

The duo dedicates this programme to Romantic songs oft the early and mid-19th century. We hear the „music of lovers“ from Spain, France, England, Italy and Germany. Between the various songs, the singer and the guitarist read love letters from the Romantic period and the respective countries.

Paganini & Piazzolla
Vadym Makarenko    Violin / Baroque Violin
Philipp Schmidt    Guitar / Romantic Guitar

The two musicians have designed their programme as a dialogue between the styles oft two epochs. The alternation of modern and historical instruments highlights both the characteristic verve of the early 19th century salon music as well as the innate passion of Piazzolla’s tango compositions. The resulting tonal intimacy takes the listener on an exceptional acoustic journey.“Schmidt und Makarenko lassen ein spannendes Spiel entstehen, sind einander stets zugewandt, fordern sich heraus, feuern sich an, fangen sich wieder ein und freuen sich an dem, was da entsteht. Beide Musiker beherrschen ihr Instrument virtuos und ergänzen sich aufs Beste.”


“Glanzvoll und inspirierend!”

Die Oberbadische

Steve Reich Violin Phase for Guitars
arranged by Philipp Schmidt

This composition of Steve Reich, originally for four violins, was arranged by Philipp Schmidt for guitar and audio tape as well as for four guitars. It can be ordered at the publisher’s house Universal Edition.

Order it here“This version is quite good, I congratulate Philipp Schmidt on a beautiful arrangement!”
Steve Reich

La Espiral Eterna project
La Espiral Eterna
Philipp Schmidt   guitar

This solo guitar album was recorded in 2010 in the recording studio of the Musikakademie Basel, under the supervision of Thomas Resch. The programme consists of pieces ranging from the second half of the 20th century to the beginning of the 21st century. Except for the compositions by two contemporary Swiss composers, the recorded works contain many elements of minimalist music, thus forming the focal point of this album. The compositions are from Leo Brouwer, Rudolf Kelterborn, Bruce McCombie, Madeleine Ruggli and Steve Reich. Audio

Nelson Ensemble
Nelson Ensemble
Monica Nelson   eurythmy
Philipp Schmidt   guitar
Barbara Stuten   speech

„…nur eine Rose als Stütze.“ (“…Only a Rose for Support.”)Eurythmy is called “visible music” and “visible speech”.

The programme of “…nur eine Rose als Stütze” was arranged by Monica Nelson. It features an exciting interplay of speech, music and movement based on compositions by Sehan Gion Sco, Richard R. Bennet, Rudolf Kelterborn, Alberto Ginastera, Alexandre Tansmann and Joaquín Rodrigo as well as texts by Hilde Domin, Dag Hammerskjöld and Juan Ramón Jiménez.

Duo Bellarmin
Duo Bellarmin
Ludovic Allenspach   baritone
Philipp Schmidt   guitar / guitar

Duo Bellarmin was founded in 2010. In addition to a repertoire of baroque and romantic music, the ensemble is passionately dedicated to Spanish music for voice and guitar. Furthermore, the musicians focus on unknown compositions or experimentations with unusual instrumentations, as e.g. Franz Schubert’s “Die Schöne Müllerin.” Their concerts and performances have taken them to numerous cities in Switzerland and abroad.

Ensemble Quintacorda
Ensemble Quintacorda
Yelizaveta Kozlova  violin
Coline Ormond   violin
Vadym Makarenko   viola
Sophie Lamberbourg   violoncello
Philipp Schmidt   romantic guitar

The members of the Quintacorda ensemble were brought together by their common fascination for classical and early Romantic music which they perform on both original instruments and copies of historical instruments. Their actual programme includes the Fandango quintet by Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) and the A-major guitar concerto by Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829) in a quintet arrangement for string quartet and guitar.