// Biography

Luis Schmidt began his musical career by learning the trumpet at the Klenze-Gymnasium, a grammar school in Munich, Germany, at the age of ten. At the age of 15, he started conducting and established his own brass ensemble, which he quickly expanded to a wind band and thereafter a chamber orchestra.

Mr Schmidt then went on studying conducting with worldwide renowned conductor and Haydn researcher Bruno Weil. He was educated in the Swarowsky-method after the infamous Austrian conductor Hans Swarowsky, a pupil of Schönberg, professor of conducting at the Vienna Music Academy, and teacher of some of the most acclaimed conductors today.

Mr Schmidt currently holds the position of Director of Music and Chairman of Capella Edina, Edinburgh’s symphony orchestra, which he founded together with fellow conductor Robert Ames and King’s Singers member Chris Bruerton in 2024. He is with an age of 20 years one of the youngest Directors of Music of any professional symphony orchestra.

Throughout Mr Schmidt’s work, it is his mission to make classical music more accessible to a wider audience and to present lesser well-known yet very beautiful works in unique concert programmes. His research focuses on the works by Edward Elgar, Anton Bruckner, Charles Ives, Anton Schönberg, and other late-romantic and ‘contemporary’ composers. Mr Schmidt’s sound world can be described as full-bodied, dark, powerful, and German in sound, with some intimate moments.

He is currently residing in the United Kingdom, dividing his time between Edinburgh and Nort-East England.