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Rie Schmidt, Flute

Biography

Rie Schmidt is a graduate of SUNY Purchase. In 1983, she gave her Carnegie Recital Hall debut as a winner of the Artists International Competition.

Ms. Schmidt is a member of Westchester Philharmonic, American Symphony, has performed with New York City Ballet Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra and many Broadway shows. She was a featured flutist and dancer in Leonard Bernstein's Mass that was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 1981.

She and her husband, guitarist Benjamin Verdery, concertize as a duo throughout the US and Europe, and have recorded two CDs of music for flute and guitar. She is a founding member of Flute Force, a flute quartet, which has three CDs: Flute Force (CRI), Pastorale, with flutist Julius Baker (VAI) and Eyewitness, with narrator Garrison Keillor (innova).

Ms. Schmidt teaches at the Suzuki Music School in Westport, CT, the Bloomingdale School of Music, the Allen-Stevenson School and the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

Her publications include Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe (McGinnis and Marx) arranged for flute quintet, and Barber's Adagio (Schirmer Music).

Ms. Schmidt was the president of the New York Flute Club from 1995-98.

For more information about Rie, visit her site at www.fluteforce.org.