Rebecca Schmid covers classical music and culture for a range of English- and German-language publications including the Financial Times, New York Times and Das Orchester. 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.
Parallel to her journalistic activities, 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.
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.
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.