Gozo’s Chorus Urbanus launched the Urbanus Concert Series on Saturday, the 20th of October 2012 with the presentation of a concert by Professor Gottfried Schneider, who performed the Solo Sonatas I and III and Partita II by J.S. Bach.Gottfried Schneider performed the solo concert with a 1729 Stradivari violin.
Considered as “….one of the few German violinists in his generation of international standing.” ( Wolfgang Sawallisch) Gottfried Schneider comes from a musical family where his mother was a noted singer whereas his father conducted the local orchestra in Badgastein, where Schneider was born. At the age of three he received his first violin lessons and eight years later he already gave his debut as a soloist with an orchestra. Formal musical education began at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Further education and studies were provided by Otto Buechner ( Munich), Max Rostal (Bern) and Ivan Galamian ( New York).
Schneider is a prize winner of international competitions as the Carl Flesch Prize of London and the Jeunesses Musicales Prize of Belgrade. In addition to this he was awarded with the Gebrüder – Busch Prize. Rudolph Serkin invited him to the Marlboro Festival in the US. He is regularly touring as a soloist round the world, both as soloist with orchestras and with chamber music groups.
Beside this he is often invited as member of the Jury for International Competitions in Germany and abroad. Schneider succeeded Sandor Vegh as a Professor for Violin and Chamber music at the Music Academy in Düsseldorf. Since 1991 he is Professor at the Music Academy for Music and Theatre in Munich.
Schneider took part in numerous TV – and CD productions. Among his repertoire of about 60 solo concerts are also violin concerts of Dohnanyi, Götz, Adolf Busch, Kurt Weill and first performances of contemporary works by known composers of the 20ieth century,as B.A. Zimmermann, Lutoslawski. Ligeti and W. Rihm.
The concert was held at St James Church in Victoria.
Urbanus Concert Series was an initiative by Chorus Urbanus with a target of organising a series of bi-monthly concerts of various genres of music.