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||Good pianists are only very seldom also good organists. And reversed. Erwin Schmidt is of course an exception confirming the rule. His passionate affair with the Hammond B3 organ caught fire after a twenty-year faithful relation to the piano. On the trails of Organ-Heroes like Larry Young he sovereignly transports the rousing grooves of the 50s and 60s into the 21st century and proves impressively that he has - in these Mélange a Trois with the piano and Hammond - the reins tightly in his hand. Compared with many other “Hammondists”, who seem to drown in nostalgia sometimes, Schmidt is indeed able to speak a contemporary language on "movin'”, his current album.
Born in 1955, primary school and music secondary school Wasagasse in Vienna.
Classic piano education at the Viennese college of music (Prof.Mrazek).
Graduate at the Jazzabteilung of the conservatory of the city of Vienna with Prof. Fritz Pauer.
Musical director and cooperation at numerous theatre productions ("Songs of Broadway" under the direction of Marcel Prawy, Cabaret Simpl and others ...).
Concerts and Tours
With the Kleinschuster-Bigband, Karl Ratzer, Valery Ponomarev, Mark Murphy, Heinz v. Hermann-Quintet, Elly Wright, Lew Tabackin, Toninho Horta, John Allred, Ed Thigpen, Clark Terry, Bradford Lealy, Ingrid Jensen, Joris Dudli et alii...
1998 Jazz Festival Vienna – week-long engagement with Kevin Mahagony at the “Jazzland”
1999 Jazz Festival Vienna - as Organist with C.Havel-Quintett and with the H.Salomon „Vienna Big- Band-Machine“ with Ray Charles at the State Opera House of Vienna
1999 Jazz Autumn Salzburg - Heinz von Hermann „Jazz Ahead“
2000 Jazz over Villach – Organ Trio with „The Music of Larry Young“, Kulturfestival Weinviertel - Concerts with the Vienna String-Qartett, Erwin Schmidt Trio feat.E.Wright
2001 Jazz Autumn Salzburg – Organ Trio with Karl Ratzer and Joris Dudli
2002 Composition on the occasion of the Theodor Kramer presentation of prizes in cooperation with the house of literature of the city of Krems.
Premiere of poems set to music in the Minoritenkirche Stein.
2003 Jazz Festival Vienna - Concerts with Toni Stricker's „Pannonien und Jazz“ at the Museumsquartier and at the Brucknerhaus Linz.
2004 Appearances with the Erwin Schmidt Organ Trio at the Porgy & Bess - Jazz Club,
Summertimeblues Festival at Schloß Gamlitz, SE Asia tour with the Heinz von Hermann Chambertrio, Concerts in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok
2005 Production of the CD 'movin' - Erwin Schmidt Organ Trio featuring Mario Gonzi dr., Christian Havel git. – released on Organic Music, presentation at the MM of Jazz Festival St. Pölten.
2006 Cooperation at 'Mass' with the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra,
Absolute Ensemble under the direction of Kristian Järvi.
Concert Hall and Festival Theatre St. Pölten.
Dorothy's Valentine (Erwin Schmidt Trio) - Walter Großrubatscher dr, Joschi Schneeberger b
'movin' (Erwin Schmidt Orgeltrio) - Christian Havel git, Mario Gonzi dr
Rudi Berger - „First Step“
Vienna String Quartett - „Tempus Fugit“
C. Havel - “Three ladies from Vienna”
H.Salomon - “Speak low”
Lady P - “Review to Cole Porter”
Elly Wright - “Reminiscing”, “A world of my own”
Heinz von Hermann Duo - “Ballad Poetry”
Heinz von Hermann Trio - " Hi Bix ", " A Taste of T."
Heinz von Hermann Quintett - „Live in L.E.“, „A Standard Treatment“
Uli Langthaler - „u’s blues“
1987-1994 Vienna Conservatory, Preyner-Conservatory
since 1994 Music school Klosterneuburg - jazzpiano and ensemble instruction
since 1999 Conservatory of Vienna - korrepetition and piano exercise
2001 - 2003 University teaching position at the Conservatory of Graz
Musikwoche und Jazzakademie Zeilern