Rebecca Schmid covers classical music and culture for publications such as the Financial Times, New York Times, Berliner Morgenpost and Das Orchester. She has also contributed to BBC Music Magazine, Chamber Music Magazine, Gramophone, Listen, Los Angeles Times, Early Music America, International Piano Magazine, Musical America Worldwide, Opera Canada, Opera News, Opernwelt, neue musikzeitung and other English- and German-language newspapers and magazines.
Rebecca’s travels have taken her to world premieres and new productions across Europe, the U.S. and Asia and to interviews with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Peter Sellars and Barbara Hannigan. She has moderated and written program notes for the Cleveland Orchestra, Karajan Music Tech Conference, Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Verbier Festival and other organizations. She curates playlists for the classical streaming platform Idagio.
Rebecca is a doctoral candidate at the Humboldt University in Berlin, where she is writing about the compositional reception of Kurt Weill. Her research is supported by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music in New York. She was previously a fellow of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) at the International Center for Journalism of the Free University Berlin and a Fulbright Scholar in musicology at the University of Vienna, where she researched the autobiography of Ignaz von Seyfried, a contemporary and rival of W.A. Mozart. She holds a B.A. in music and comparative literature from Brown University in Providence, RI and an M.A. in arts journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications of Syracuse University in New York.
A Swiss-American born in France, Rebecca speaks fluent German, French and Italian. Her musical education includes attending master classes with tenor Francisco Araiza under a grant from the Academia Vocalis Wörgl in Tirol and with soprano Barbara Bonney at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. She is also a trained pianist. Rebecca has served on the media jury of the international conference Classical:NEXT, the Hilde Zadek Voice Competition and the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. She sits on the education committee of the Music Critics Association of North America.