Julius Schmidt was born in 1975 in the Chicago area, and began playing piano at the age of three, violin at the age of seven, viola at the age of nine, and the clarinet at the age of ten. He has played violin, viola and clarinet in many ensembles, and has appeared in numerous concerts as a solo pianist, violinist and clarinetist. Nonetheless, it is at the piano where he now spends the vast majority of his time and efforts.
Julius Schmidt’s classical piano improvisations are true classical improvisations. They are all played spontaneously at the piano with no preparation beforehand. The various sets of improvisations vary from each other. Some are powerful, others slow and serene, some are fast, but all of them are emotionally gripping with freely flowing music.
In addition to improvising, Julius Schmidt is also a classical composer, whose style, while tonal, is considered decidedly modern, yet very different from the modern style generally found in contemporary classical music.