iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates/
Heartbeat – Like the Pulse of Life
Acclaimed by the international press, iPalpiti was founded by Eduard Schmieder in Dallas, Texas in 1991. Since then, it has grown to an ensemble of international recognition, establishing a summer residency in Beverly Hills, California in 1999. iPalpiti [ee-PAHL-pit-ee is Italian for "heartbeat"] has performed to sold-out audiences in prestigious venues such as Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Mozarteum Grosse Hall (Salzburg), Nikkei Hall (Tokyo), Disney Hall (Los Angeles), YMCA Jerusalem, Carnegie Hall (New York), and is invited as ensemble-in-residence to festivals in Slovenia, Israel, Carinthia, Belgium, Italy, Poland, and Martha Argerich Festival in Japan.
While striving for perfection, iPalpiti considers each member a soloist. Referred to as a "Musical Peace Corps," iPalpiti's international membership brings unique insight to music making, promoting universal awareness and understanding. iPalpiti unites the next generation of musicians for professional collaboration in the future, creating a cultural network among over 200 artists from all over the world.
The orchestra's players (ages 19-30) are each winners of prestigious international awards and represent 20 countries worldwide. iPalpiti alumni have established solo and chamber ensemble careers, and taken up leading positions in orchestras such as the Chicago, Jerusalem, Monte Carlo, and Bavarian State Symphonies, Dresden Staatskapelle, London, Berlin and Israel Philharmonic, and the Paris and Munich Operas.
14 CDs released on TELOS & YAI Records. Performances are broadcast by Classic Arts Showcase nationally to over 62 million viewers on PBS and other public television channels, and in Los Angeles on K-Mozart FM-105.1 iPalpiti represented worldwide by Young Artists International.
Critics Around the World Say:
"…[under Mr. Schmieder's direction] iPalpiti sprang to life as a single, singing voice. It was the natural, "vocal" quality that stayed with me long after the final notes of the concert were sounded…"
–John Ardoin, Music Critic, Dallas Morning News
"…an astounding demonstration of seamless and beauteous string playing…memorable, luminous, deeply moving performance…"
–Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times (2000)
"…a fitting name for the vibrant string orchestra from which the conductor Eduard Schmieder elicited a lively pulse…the ensemble was particularly noteworthy for its unity of purpose and blend. It was as if the musicians' hearts were beating to the same buoyant rhythm…lustrous, polished tone and graceful phrasing."
–Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times (2007)
"…rich sonorities [of iPalpiti] audibly took the audience's breath away – especially whenever concertmaster Peter Rainer, whose technically immaculate tone throughout the night was sweet and thrilling, had a few bars to play – showed that iPalpiti had charms to soothe a hall well filled with music lovers of all ages."
–STRINGS Magazine (2005)
"…cool display of virtuosity… unified to an often a startling degree…"
– Los Angeles Times (2006)
"…The musicians played with vivid unanimity and committment… The playing was masterly…"
– Los Angeles Times (2007)
"Eduard Schmieder transforms the young professional players of his iPalpiti orchestra into tomorrow's first-rank musicians."
– The Strad Magazine (2004)
"iPalpiti played with striking unity and spirit and had an infectious way of making music…All [artists] clearly stimulated each other musically, showing mutual inspiration and respect."
–The Strad Magazine(1999)
"[iPalpiti] performance can be called righteously overwhelming…"
–Noord Holland Dagblad (1996)
"When one hears these musicians play, one realizes there is a connection between the title and the musical outcome…when it comes to 24 very talented string players (some have independent successful careers) and a conductor who leads them with great musicality, the result is naturally captivating and exciting."
–Ora Binur, Ma'ariv Daily, Jerusalem (2006)
"…the highlight of this astonishing musical odyssey was the sold-out performance at Disney Hall with elegant Maestro Eduard Schmieder at the helm, conducting this world-class group with a brilliant sense of balance, tension and phrasing."
–Beverly Hills Outlook (2004)
"iPalpiti provides polish for talented young professional musicians from around the world."
–The Los Angeles Times (1999)
Born and educated in Russia, Eduard Schmieder has been characterized as an "extraordinary musician of the late 20th century." His ability to communicate with audiences and students alike places him in a rare category of elite performers and educators. As artist and teacher, Schmieder amalgamates and creatively transforms the great traditions of American and European art.
As a conductor, Schmieder has performed in such prestigious halls as Cite de la Musique in Paris, Crown Hall in Jerusalem, Grand Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wagner Hall in Riga and other major concert halls worldwide. On April 14, 1996, Eduard Schmieder performed a recital in Genoa, on Paganini's famous Guarneri del Gesu "Il Cannone" violin.
Currently Eduard Schmieder holds Carnell Distinguished Professor Chair at Temple University, Philadelphia. Prior to his appointment at Temple University, he was Distinguished Algur H. Meadows Chair of Violin and Chamber Music in the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas (1990-2006), and tenured professor of the violin at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the position formerly held by Jascha Heifetz.
As violinist he has been collaborating with celebrated musicians in major concert halls throughout the world, and gives master classes at the foremost conservatories and music festivals.
He frequently represents the United States as a jury member at leading international competitions including Queen Elisabeth, Sibelius, Mozart, Paganini, Sarasate, Lipizer, and ARD among others.
Students of professor Schmieder have established careers as prominent soloists, active chamber musicians, and hold principal positions in major orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, London, Los Angeles, Israel Philharmonies, Bavarian State, Dresden Staatskapella, Dallas Symphony, and others. He is Music Director and Conductor of iPalpiti orchestral ensemble of international laureates. www.EduardSchmieder.com
"..a serous and resourceful podium personality."
Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times
"I shall never forget his extraordinary power over the players; his drive is quite astounding." –Margaret Campbell, FRSA
Music Critic, The Strad and Author of The Great Violinists and The Great Cellists, etc
"… [He] is a remarkable conductor." - John Ardoin, Dallas Morning news