Karen Schmid Adjunct Professor
BM - Oberlin Conservatory
MM - The Juilliard School
Pianist Karen Schmid, a Buffalo native, has performed nationally and internationally in recital, as soloist and in master classes. She specializes in the fortepiano, the forerunner of the modern piano. After earning her M.M. in piano from The Juilliard School, Schmid built her own fortepiano, a replica of a 1774 Stein, and began touring. Her performances include Canisius College, University of Buffalo, the Boston Early Music Festival, the deYoung Museum Series in San Francisco, NPR’s Baroque and Beyond, the San Jose Chamber Music Series, Chautauqua Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, Monuments en Musique in France, as well as Daemen College, WNED’s Music in Buffalo, and WBFO’s Opus: Classics Live. She is a frequent guest artist on the Early Keyboard Series in Los Angeles. Schmid is a three-time participant at Cornell University’s Westfield Keyboard Institute Fortepiano Workshop, a bi-annual gathering of fortepianists from around the world, where she continues her work on the fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, the leading advocate of this instrument in America.
She has been Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts, Piano at Canisius College since 2005 and also has a private piano studio. She is an active member of Music Forum for Piano Teachers of Western New York and the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.