Katarina Schmidt, born 1993 in Munich, began playing the cello at the age of three, first with Michael Weiß, later on with Detlef Mielke and Mats Rondin. In 2008 she became a youth student at the Musikhochschule München with Prof. Wen-Sinn Yang. Since 2015 she is also studying the baroque cello with Prof. Kristin von der Goltz and making an Erasmus year at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität Wien with Prof. Natalia Gutman. Besides she has lessons in conducting with Folko Jungnitsch and is guest conductor of the Pullacher Kammerorchester.
Katarina Schmidt is scholarship recipient at the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Studiestiftung des deutschen Volkes and at the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein and is participating regularly in the intensive weeks and activities of the Academy.
Furthermore she is solo cellist of the Accademia di Monaco, an ensemble playing on historical instruments, and has a temporary work at the Symphonieorcheter des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
Katarina Schmidt has won several prizes at the competition Jugend musiziert, in 2010 she was awarded both with the Klassikpreis Münster and a special prize from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. In 2013 she won a special prize for the best interpretation of the modern piece at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb. A year later she was awarded with the Leonhard und Ida Wolf-Gedächtnispreis der Stadt München. As a finalist at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb Bonn she gained a special prize from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben for an outstanding performance. a few months later she was given the prize from the Bärenreiter Urtext Verlag at the International Bach Competition Leipzig in the category baroque cello.
Her debut as a soloist with orchestra, Katarina Schmidt gave at the age of ten. In 2008 she played in the Herkulessaal of the Residence Munich. Several performances in various concert halls, e.g. the Herkulessaal of the Münchner Residenz, as a soloist followed, such as with the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim and the Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie. As an active chamber musician she has done radio recordings with the Bayerischer Rundfunk.
Katarina Schmidt has participated in different master classes given by famous cellists, such as Heinrich Schiff, Frans Helmerson, David Geringas, Jens Peter Maintz, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Anner Bylsma. She has also been an active participant of diverse festivals, like the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, Mit Musik-Miteinander in Kronberg, the Kronberg Academy Masterclasses and lately at the Kronberg Academy Cello Festival