Laura Schmid, born in Stuttgart in 1989, began her recorder studies in Carsten Eckert’s youth class at the Trossingen University of Music in 2007. In 2009 she continued to study with Carsten Eckert as part of her undergraduate course at Bern University of the Arts (HKB), graduating with distinction in this as well as in her postgraduate education degree at HKB with Michael Form. She also successfully completed the Master’s degree in Specialized Music Performance (soloist diploma) in 2016, earning the distinction “Excellent”.
Laura Schmid has won numerous prizes, such as the 2016 Kiwanis Music Prize and the 2015 international Moeck/SRP Solo Recorder Competition in London. After twice winning a study award from Migros-Kulturprozent, she was the recipient of a study and sponsorship award in 2015–2017. She is also the winner of the 2013 Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes. She has garnered other awards, such as at the ‘Jugend musiziert’ competition, from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband.
She received important musical inspiration from master classes with Kristian Bezuidenhout, Erik Bosgraaf, Reinhard Goebel, Walter van Hauwe, Meret Lüthi, Dorothee Oberlinger, Jeremias Schwarzer, Maurice Steger, Pamela Thorby, Mauro Valli and other specialists in early music.
In 2016 Laura Schmid appeared at festivals such as the Greenwich Early Music Festival, Le Salon de Musique and Automne Musical d’Ollon as well as with the Bernese Baroque orchestra Les Passions de l’Ame, Dorothee Oberlinger and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. In 2015 she gave concerts with Maurice Steger, Cappella Gabetta, Concerto de’ Cavalieri and with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra at venues that included the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the KKL and the Neuburg Baroque Concerts. In the summer of 2013, she performed recitals in the Debut Concert series at the Lucerne Festival, the Davos Festival and at the Musiksommer at Lake Zurich. Her other concert activities include performances with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Zug Chamber Ensemble, Musikkollegium Winterthur and other chamber music formations.
Laura Schmid has taught recorder at the Music School of the City of Lucerne since summer 2014.