Pianist Karen Swietlik-Schmid, has performed nationally and internationally. Specializing in the fortepiano, she also performs on the modern piano. Her performances include SUNY Buffalo, Canisius College, SUNY Buffalo State College, the Boston Early Music Festival, the deYoung Museum Series in San Francisco, NPR’s Baroque and Beyond, MusicSources in Berkeley CA, and Chautauqua Institute.
She is a frequent guest artist on the Early Keyboard Series in Los Angeles. Schmid is a four-time participant in Cornell University’s Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies 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 for this instrument in America.
Schmid holds a B.M. in Piano from Oberlin Conservatory and an M.M. in Piano from The Juilliard School.
Currently, she is a Lecturer at Buffalo State College, and she has been adjunct professor in fine arts-piano at Canisius College since 2005. She maintains a private piano studio as well, and is currently president of Music Forum for Piano Teachers of Western New York. She is a frequent adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
Additionally, she belongs to the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and Wednesday Morning Musicale.
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