Carl Schmidt (Head of Piano Program)
Carl Schmidt is Head of the Piano Program and Course Coordinator for Accredited Courses at Central Coast Conservatorium. He holds a 1st Class Bachelor of Music from Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2005 Carl was awarded a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of The Netherlands. Whilst living in Europe, he gave regular performances and was invited to appear in the 2004 International Chopin Festival held in The Hague and with Steve Reich during the 2003 Steve Reich Festival. He has recorded the complete Chopin Preludes and the Brahms Fantasien Opus 116 and has been soloist with Symphony Central Coast, Balmain Sinfonia and Sydney Youth Orchestra. He was a recitalist for the Sydney Conservatorium's Virtuoso Piano Series and was a lecturer and performer at the 2008 Summer Piano Teachers' Festival. Carl is also in demand as a recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician, collaborating on occasion with violinist Karina Moss-Hollands. He has given numerous Workshops, Recitals and Master Classes for the NSW Music Teachers' Association and for other musical organisations state-wide. Carl is also an examiner for the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB).
We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.