Peter Schmidl


Peter Schmidl, was born into a "Philharmonic Family" on January 10, 1942 in Olomouc.


His grandfather, Alois, had been engaged in Wiener Philharmoniker by the Opera Director Wilhelm Jahn and First Conductor Hans Richter and was a clarinettist from 1892-1914.


His father, Viktor, was employed between the years 1921 and 1936, also as a clarinettist at the State Opera and in the Vienna Philharmonic.


It was thus only natural that Peter Schmidl, who received his Matura with honours (at which time he performed Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto!), continued his musical study in 1959 at the Vienna Music Academy

with Rudolf Jettel, a Philharmonic principal clarinettist at that time.


In 1964, after completing his diploma exam with distinction, he continued his studies at the
Max Reinhardt Seminar in acting and stage direction, but dropped this course of study after
successfully auditioning to become a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra beginning on May 1, 1965. He became a member of the Association of the Vienna Philharmonic on September 1, 1968.


In the decades that followed, Peter Schmidl distinguished himself as one of the outstanding personalities on the musical scene. The variety of his activities can only be outlined here in brief. Besides his orchestral career, he has been a well-known international soloist, receiving solo engagements with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, and the New Philharmonic Tokyo, among many others, thus performing under the baton of such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm, Christoph von Dohnýani, Riccardo Muti and André Previn.


As a chamber musician he performed with the Vienna Octet and the Vienna Wind Soloists in major musical centers worldwide. As a pedagogue, Schmidl, who has been a teacher since 1967 and who was awarded the title of Professor in 1985, has influenced many generations of students, among which include four members of our orchestra today.

Finally, Peter Schmidl, who has received many outstanding awards, is an exceptional manager.
For many years he has worked with the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo and from 2001 through 2005 he was the business manager of our orchestra.


In the year 2006, Professor Schmidl was named doyen of the Vienna State Opera.

With Peter Schmidl, a towering figure of our orchestra enters retirement after 45 years of active service.